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10 minutes with Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood

Posted on 09/09/2014
By Commonwealth Foundation
“There was a kind of totem pole of hierarchy among Commonwealth countries. India was considered the jewel in the crown. Then the others were arranged in order of boringness and Canada was considered absolutely the most boring.”
Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood
The prolific Canadian writer is the author of over forty books of fiction, poetry and criticism, published in more than thirty-five countries.
Her genre-defying work has been the recipient of awards as diverse as the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Booker Prize. The paperback of MaddAddam (2013), the final part of her speculative history trilogy, was recently published alongside a new collection of short stories, Stone Mattress (2014).
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StoneMattressStone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014) – released in September 2014, the Canadian writer’s tenth collection of short stories follows 2006’s Moral Disorder.
Stone Mattress – read the title story from Margaret’s most recent collection of short stories
“Is it entertainment or dire political prophecy? Can it be both? I did not anticipate any of this when I was writing the book” – the author on the enduring after-life of her most famous work, The Handmaid’s Tale.
“One day Sal confided to Marla that in a past life she’d been Cleopatra” – read ‘Pretend Blood’, Margaret’s chilling short story about the world of online dating.
Margaret Atwood’s Creative Process – For the Canadian author, it’s not a question of what to write, it’s a question of deciding which of the “far-fetched and absurd” ideas to choose.

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