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Jun 25, 2008, 8:54am Top

Margaret Atwood wins Spanish Award. Article here.

I like what they said about her:-)

Thanks to tiffin for sending this to me.

Jun 25, 2008, 9:07am Top

Thank you for posting this, avaland!

Congratulations to dear Margaret Atwood who does a fabulous job of defending "the dignity of women" and denouncing "situations of social injustice.” woohoo!!

Jul 16, 2008, 8:18pm Top

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Jul 17, 2008, 7:56am Top

For any particular reason, citizenkelly?

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Sep 29, 2008, 12:30pm Top

Book description from Amazon.ca (Canada)

The most prestigious and eagerly anticipated nonfiction series of the year teams up with legendary poet, novelist, and essayist Margaret Atwood to deliver a surprising look at the topic of debt - a timely subject during our current period of economic upheaval, caused by the collapse of a system of interlocking debts. In her wide ranging, entertaining, and imaginative approach to the subject, Atwood proposes that debt is like air - something we take for granted until things go wrong. And then, while gasping for breath, we become very interested in it.

Payback is not a book about practical debt management or high finance, although it does touch upon these subjects. Rather, it is an investigation into the idea of debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature, and the structure of human societies. By investigating how debt has informed our thinking from preliterate times to the present day through the stories we tell each other, through our concepts of "balance," "revenge," and "sin," and in the way we form our social relationships, Atwood shows that the idea of what we owe one another - in other words, "debt" - is built into the human imagination and is one of its most dynamic metaphors.

Out this month in Canada, haven't checked anywhere else yet.

Nov 6, 2008, 4:16pm Top

Here's a radio discussion with Margaret Atwood on her new book Payback.


Dec 9, 2008, 10:18am Top

Anyone know what month of '09 the new novel is expected?

Dec 9, 2008, 10:59am Top

It appears Amazon and Book Depository, among other sites, list the publication of God's Gardeners by Bloomsbury with ISBN 0747585164 as happening on 7 Sept 2009. Amazon is even taking pre-orders.

Dec 20, 2008, 7:45pm Top

I think it was Nickelini who mentioned Margaret Atwood's interview with Bill Moyers on religion. They begin by talking about The Handmaid's Tale.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMrz_ivl8jo (part 1, about 10 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmVD7XcRb6Y&NR=1 (part 2, about 11 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPDt73n7HD0&NR=1 (part 3, about 10 minutes)

I love this woman.

Dec 24, 2008, 1:56pm Top

There is an article in the Feb issue of Toronto Life on Margaret Atwood with a focus on her Massey Lectures and book, Payback. ( Just got the issue today in the mail)

Jan 23, 2009, 7:40am Top

Missed this one last year. From the Toronto Star:

Jun 26, 2008

Canadian author Margaret Atwood has won Spain's Prince of Asturias prize for letters. In a statement yesterday, the jury praised the 68-year-old for work that covers several genres "with sharpness and irony," adding that she "defends the dignity of women and denounces situations of social injustice."

May 15, 2009, 3:28pm Top

BBC Radio 7 has been doing a serialized reading (5 episodes of 30 minutes each) of The Handmaid's Tale. You can catch up on old episodes and listen for free online here.

Aug 17, 2009, 4:13pm Top

Margaret Atwood is BLOGGING!


and apparently Tweeting also.

Aug 17, 2009, 9:54pm Top

Nice! I think that there is an event in Toronto to mark the new book at the end of Sept.

Sep 21, 2009, 3:11pm Top

The Year of the Flood was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize today!

Jan 28, 2010, 9:28pm Top

Margaret Atwood was awarded the Crystal Award at the 2010 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The award is to honour artists who" have made a significant contribution to improving life on Earth." - from the newspaper article.

Feb 6, 2010, 8:43pm Top

Margaret Atwood will be speaking with Ian Brown on "Writing in a time of Calamity" on Thursday, March 25, 7 pm at the Toronto Public Library,789 Yonge Street. The event is free- but seats are first-come first-served basis.

May 19, 2010, 8:16pm Top

Margaret Atwood shares $1 million Dan David prize with Amitav Ghosh:


Jul 21, 2010, 8:53pm Top

If you haven't already discovered this, Margaret Atwood tweets under @margaretatwood

Jul 24, 2010, 6:35am Top


A live chat with Margaret Atwood on the Deviant Art Chat Network August 4th.

Sep 7, 2010, 8:30am Top

Maggie is causing a stir... Go, Maggie, go!


btw, she is a great tweeter.

Sep 15, 2010, 8:52am Top

Oct 4, 2010, 4:42pm Top

Here's a link to an interesting 36 min interview with Ms. Atwood. I believe it's fairly recent:


She's got a very dry sense of humour, doesn't she!

Oct 8, 2010, 5:30pm Top

I love her sense of humor. It comes across in her Twitter tweets also. It cracks me up!

Oct 26, 2010, 8:45am Top

Website of a band named Oryx and Crake. (Margaret Atwood just met them and they gave her a copy of their CD)


Nov 29, 2010, 9:02am Top

Nov 29, 2010, 12:33pm Top

This might make some Atwood fans smile . . . Atwood's goalie tips:


Not hilariously funny, but I think Atwood was a great sport when Rick Mercer asked her to do this.

Dec 6, 2010, 3:40pm Top

Dec 6, 2010, 4:37pm Top

Interesting! That book was on my wishlist... reminds me to keep an eye out for it :P

Jan 3, 2011, 2:31pm Top

Atwood appears in this trailer for a new documentary called "Bad Writing" that looks like a lot of fun!


Jun 26, 2011, 5:55pm Top

Due out from Nan A. Talese (Random House) in October:

SF and the Human Imagination

At a time when speculative fiction seems less and
less far- fetched, Margaret Atwood lends her
distinctive voice and singular point of view to the
genre in a series of essays that brilliantly illuminate
the essential truths about the modern world.

In Other Worlds: Science Fiction and the Human
is Margaret Atwood’s account of her relationship with the literary form we have come to know as
science fiction. This relationship has been lifelong, stretching from her days as a child reader in the 1940s through her
time as a graduate student at Harvard, where she explored
the Victorian ancestors of the form, and continuing with
her work as a writer and reviewer. This book brings together
her three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures of
2010—“Flying Rabbits,” which begins with Atwood’s early
rabbit superhero creations and goes on to speculate about
masks, capes, weakling alter egos, and Things with Wings;
“Burning Bushes,” which follows her into Victorian otherlands and beyond; and “Dire Cartographies,” which investigates utopias and dystopias. In Other Worlds also includes
some of Atwood’s key reviews and musings about the form,
including her elucidation of the differences (as she sees
them) between “science fiction” proper and “speculative
fiction,” as well as “sword and sorcery/fantasy” and “slipstream fiction.” For all readers who have loved The
Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the
Flood— not to mention Atwood’s 100,000-plus Twitter followers— In Other Worlds is a must

---From the publisher's catalog.

Oct 13, 2011, 7:30am Top

Interview at The Atlantic regarding science fiction, religion, and Blade Runner(?).

Oct 16, 2011, 4:12pm Top

A long interview in yesterday's Guardian, mostly about the science-fiction controversy: Margaret Atwood: the road to Ustopia

Oct 27, 2011, 2:11pm Top

Has anyone read, or even bought, In Other Worlds?

Nov 4, 2011, 7:38pm Top

>36 Nickelini: yes, I have it. I have read the introduction. Why?

Nov 4, 2011, 7:46pm Top

Just wondering. Haven't heard anyone talking about it, so I was curious about what people thought.

Dec 1, 2011, 8:38am Top

Margaret Atwood's "Payback" will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival:


Jan 5, 2012, 9:51am Top

Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley will be adapting Alias Grace for a film. The news was announced in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star this morning.

Jan 21, 2012, 4:49am Top

Margaret Atwood wrote a piece about The Handmaid's Tale in the Guardian :
I don't think she says anything revolutionary in the article, but it's straight from the horse's mouth, and she references her diaries of the time, which is interesting...

Jan 25, 2012, 10:44pm Top

Probably everyone knows this, but Atwood's 3rd installment of the trilogy that started with Oryx and Crake will be out in the next few years. She mentions it in an entertaining interview on Q (with the ever-charming Jian Ghomeshi). She's takes up the middle third of episode 13: http://www.cbc.ca/q/video/

Feb 8, 2012, 8:13pm Top

>41 Dilara86: Thanks for pointing that out.

Jun 2, 2013, 12:34pm Top

Atwood won the LA Times Innovator's Award: http://events.latimes.com/bookprizes/, scroll half-way down for the article.

Jul 27, 2013, 12:23am Top

The book trailer for MaddAdam (the third in the Oryx & Crake/The Year of the Flood (aka Madd Adam Trilogy) can be found here:

Seeing that trailer got me to finally read The Year of the Flood (which I bought a while back but hadn't read yet) . . . am liking it more than I expected . . . especially the "Hymns of the God's Gardeners" :)

Aug 13, 2013, 11:28am Top

OMG, there's a third book... I think I saw this in her FaceBook feed, though I only glanced at it. I liked both books but not sure I anticipated a third. Well, a new Atwood is always a cause for celebration.

Aug 13, 2013, 11:56pm Top

I also had no idea it was a trilogy . . . though they're not set consecutively (Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood overlap in time) . . . I was really drawn into The Year of the Flood . . . made me feel I should go back and re-read O&C . . . Atwood is such a powerful writer . . . I've always enjoyed her novels, but seem to be appreciating the writing even more as I get older . . .

Oct 9, 2013, 3:59pm Top

Play the game: Who said it? Miley Cyrus or Margaret Atwood. From CBC books.


Dec 7, 2013, 6:08am Top

Too funny!

Apr 10, 2015, 6:35pm Top

I just got to see her speak. So smart and funny. She talked about language and words and discussed The Future Library Project which I find fascinating.

Sep 8, 2015, 6:29am Top

>51 DanaJean: Oh, lucky you. She spoke a few years ago about an hour from me and I regret I did not move hell and high water to be there!

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