Margaret Atwood (1939-) was born in Ottawa and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She is the author of more than forty novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children. She has won many awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, and the Canadian Authors Association Award. Other honors include the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the United States and La Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. Her most recent novel is MaddAddam, Book 3 of the MaddAddam Triology (2013). She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
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