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Best-selling author George R. R. Martin to visit Medill

Martin, who wrote the best-selling book series adapted into HBO's "Game of Thrones," will be awarded Medill's Hall of Achievement alumni award.

Medill will welcome George R. R. Martin, the internationally acclaimed best-selling author whose work was adapted into HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series. Martin (BSJ70, MSJ71) will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 4, to receive Medill’s Hall of Achievement alumni award and to speak with students, faculty and staff.

Medill will present his alumni award at a private ceremony, and Martin will do an onstage Q & A session at 4 p.m. at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. The event is open to Northwestern students, faculty and staff. Free tickets will be available through the Norris Box Office ( starting at 9 a.m., Oct. 28.

More than 60 million copies of his books are in print, and the two most recent installments of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series spent time at the No. 1 slot on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list. Martin is co-executive producer of “Game of Thrones” and has scripted one episode for the first four seasons of the show. In 2011, the year “Game of Thrones” first appeared on HBO, he was named to the "Time 100," Time magazine’s list of the "most influential people in the world."

“Game of Thrones” has won numerous Emmy Awards, including Best Drama Series in 2015. Martin has won numerous Hugo, Stoker, Nebula and World Fantasy awards.

Martin will be honored during the Northwestern home football game against Penn State Saturday, Nov. 7 as well.