The New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller discusses Circe, one of the most daring and highly anticipated books of 2018 and a follow-up to her novel, The Song of Achilles.
Miller will explain how she adapts classical texts for modern audiences and how, centuries later, we still pass these stories on. Although Greek mythology is inherently misogynistic, the narrator in Circe is a female goddess with a feminist voice, which sheds light on the struggles between men and women, gods and men — and between the gods themselves.
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Jessica Johnson is a Senior Editor at The Walrus. She is the former books editor at Saturday Night and the National Post. She is also a National Magazine Award-winning writer whose work has appeared recently in The New Republic.
Madeline Miller was born in Boston and attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. She lives in Narbeth, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children. The Song of Achilles was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into 25 languages.
Grace O’Connell is the author of The Globe and Mail Best Book Magnified World and 2014 winner of the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in various publications including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, The Globe and Mail, National Post and Elle Canada. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and works as a freelance writer and editor. She presents Be Ready For The Lightning. Photo Credit: Dani Coutoure