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Atwood at Bryan Series
Literary giant leaves audience laughing, wondering and praising
Before her Bryan series talk at the War Memorial Auditorium (top) on Tues. March 24, Margaret Atwood spoke in the Community Center (bottom).
Volume 101 I Issue 17
BY BRIANNA PARKER
“Margaret and I are happy to welcome
you to the world of rejection, poverty and
humiliation,” said essayist and novelist
Roger Rosenblatt during an on-campus
Q&A session Tuesday afternoon in the
Community Center at Guilford.
Award-winning author Margaret
Atwood spoke later at the Greensboro
Coliseum on March 24 for this year’s
third Bryan Series event. Atwood was
joined by friend and colleague Rosenblatt,
who led Atwood in a conversation about
the writing process, environmentalism
and how to get away with murder on a
boat in the Arctic.
Although Bryan Series events have
utilized many formats in the past, the
conversation style is somewhat rare.
“The reason we decided to go with
that format is because there is so much
about Margaret and her career that we
wanted to be able to get a sampling of,”
said Ty Buckner, associate vice president
of communications and marketing. “We
thought that her talking with someone,
rather than just giving a lecture that might
be focused on one of her books, would be
a little bit of a lot of things.”
Atwood and Rosenblatt’s talk was many
things, but above all it was comedic.
The pair worked well with each other,
bantering back and forth playfully.
“Luckily on this boat there were
five people named Bob,” said Atwood,
explaining how to get away with murder
in the Arctic. “It’s very handy to have five
Bobs because you can take out one of the
Bobs, shuffle them around and nobody
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