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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec and, later, Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her rich and varied career, Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of more than 35 volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid’s Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the 2000 Man Booker Prize. Oryx and Crake was released to great acclaim in 2003 and was nominated for the Booker Prize. In 2008, Ms. Atwood delivered the CBC Massey Lecture Series, published as Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic, and Estonian, and a number of her titles have been adapted for theater, opera, television, and film productions.

As demonstrated in her latest novel, The Year of the Flood (2009), Atwood has an uncanny knack for writing books that anticipate the preoccupations of her public. Her forthcoming collection, In Other Worlds: SF and The Human Imagination (October, 2011), brings together her 2010 Ellmann Lectures with some of her key reviews and introductions, and explores what science fiction has meant to her both as a reader and as a writer.

Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. Together, they are the Joint Honorary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within Birdlife International and Ms. Atwood is also a Vice President of International PEN.

Online Resources

Margaret Atwood’s website
on Twitter @MargaretAtwood
Atwood re: speculative fiction on BigThink (video)
Poetry Foundation profile
In Other Worlds, coming October 1
Atwood @ O’Reilly Tools of Change (video)