Acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood has selected English novelist Naomi Alderman as her protégé for the 2012-2013 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative
Acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood has selected English novelist Naomi Alderman as her protégé for the 2012-2013 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. The program gives exceptional young talents in dance, music, visual arts, theater, literature, and film the opportunity of a lifetime—to work with a master in their field for a year of creative collaboration. Over the next year Atwood and Alderman will spend up to several months together, exchanging ideas and engaging in an extended creative dialogue. The other five protégés (profiled below) include two artists from the South America, two from Europe, and one from Egypt. Joining Atwood as 2012-2013 Rolex Mentors are Patrice Chéreau, Gilberto Gil, Lin Hwai-Min, William Kentridge, and Walter Murch.
British author Naomi Alderman, 37, graduated from Oxford in 1996 and received a Master’s degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2003. Three years later, she publishedDisobedience, a novel about the tensions and accommodations between religion and modern life, for which she won the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers and, in 2007, was named The Sunday TimesYoung Writer of the Year. Published in 10 languages, the book was followed by The Lessons (2010), which investigates the power and problems of wealth, and the forthcoming The Liars’ Gospel, a novel about Jesus from the perspective of the Pharisees. She also writes computer games and recently co-created Zombies, Run!, a successful iPhone app and audio adventure for runners.
Novelist, poet, essayist, and literary critic, Margaret Atwood is a dominant figure in Canadian letters and one of the most esteemed and prolific writers of our time. Atwood gained international renown with such widely read novels as The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Cat’s Eye (1988), Alias Grace (1996), and the Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin (2000). With Oryx and Crake, she returned to “speculative fiction”, which she defines as fiction about not-yet-real things that nevertheless could really happen. Her most recent novel is The Year of the Flood (2009), and her most recent non-fiction work is In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011).
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