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KU Libraries partner to bring Read Across Lawrence to campus

Friday, January 23, 2015

LAWRENCE—KU Libraries are partnering with Lawrence Public Library for the 13th annual Read Across Lawrence. This year’s event invites the community together to read and discuss “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood.

An evening with the author will be held on campus on Monday, February 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and tickets are not needed. The free event, hosted by The Commons at KU, is made possible thanks to the support of the Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture Fund. Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. She is the recipient of several international literary awards, including the Booker Prize.

Other Read Across Lawrence events include a book mob, book discussions, Nerd Nite, a screening of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and more. An entire listing of events can be found online at

“Read Across Lawrence is a unique opportunity to bring individuals across campus and community-wide together through a single book,” says Rebecca Smith, executive director of the Office of Communications & Advancement for KU Libraries. “Our partnership with Lawrence Public Library seeks to support active engagement and share knowledge between members of campus and the Lawrence community.”

This year’s award-winning novel is set in the near future and explores themes of cultural suppression as Offred, a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, struggles to forget her life of family, choices and access to knowledge before the revolution and now live under the power of the new regime. The book has been adapted for film, radio and stage.

Details regarding upcoming events and how to procure a copy of this year’s novel can be found on the Read Across Lawrence for Adults schedule. Learn more about the program and the 2015 partners on the Read Across Lawrence information page.

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