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Margaret Atwood, One of the World’s Greatest Living Authors

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on December 9, 2015

Margaret Atwood is hailed as one of the world’s greatest living authors. She was born in Ottawa and raised in northern Ontario, Québec and Toronto. She is a prolific writer with more than 40 books to her credit, including short and long fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages and published in 35 countries.

Her acclaimed books include Alias Grace, for which she won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and Cat’s Eye, which was short­listed for the 1989 Booker Prize. In 2000, she won the Booker Prize for her novel The Blind Assassin. In 2003, her dystopian novel Oryx and Crake, the first book in the MaddAddam trilogy, was also short­listed for the Booker Prize. Her other bestselling books include The Handmaid’s Tale, Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales and the second and third books in the MaddAddam trilogy: The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam. Her long­awaited stand­alone book, The Heart Goes Last, was published this year. Her many other honors include the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award.

Ms. Atwood currently lives in Toronto with her partner, writer Graeme Gibson.