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Margaret Atwood: Instigating Change

The beautiful Margaret Atwood (photo from McClelland.com)

Atwood’s been one of my favourite authors since…well, forever. I love her writing, and I love how prolific she is. You’ll find novels, stories, articles, CBC Massey Lectures, significant bits and bobs of all kinds everywhere. You have only to glance at this list to see what I mean, and it’s probably not even complete.

I could wax poetic about this beautiful and amazing woman, this wee powerhouse of brains and creative talent. Her voice—that is, her tongue-in-cheek and direct style—thrills me. Margaret Atwood is not afraid to think and ask questions or to speak her mind. She is an active contributor to bettering not only Canada but our world.

One of Atwood’s interests, as you might already know, is the state of our world. She talks environment. She speaks politics. She writes, perhaps surprisingly but very successfully, about debt. Atwood’s also known for uncannily predicting the future (though maybe it’s not so uncanny if you, like her, are paying attention).

As a result of her important reflections and contributions, Atwood was recently announced a winner of the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in Davos, Switzerland. The conference where the award was presented was called Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Restate, Rebuild, and the purpose of the meeting was to recognize artists who have used their art to provide significant insight and effect positive change.

Unfortunately, apparently due to time constraints, acceptance speeches were cut. You can find Atwood’s speech here.

If you know Atwood only as a dystopian novelist because you were told to read The Handmaid’s Tale in school, I dare you to venture beyond that and see what else she has to say. You might be surprised to find more than you bargained for, and a voice you support.

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you for bringing to attention the world’s most dedicated woman – no, seriously! Powerhouse is right. Peggy just doesn’t get old, she is constantly ‘instigating change’.

    The problem is, every time people have asked me who my favourite author is, and every time I’ve responded with “Margaret Atwood” (without a beat), people roll their eyes and groan, and immediately peg me as a very ‘particular sort of person’

    It irks me.

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  2. It would irk me too. Why, I want to know, do they roll their eyes? Next time, ask them. Seriously. I really want to know.

    Is it “sooo cliché” for your favourite author to be Atwood? Do they roll their eyes because they were hoping you’d name some obscure author they know, who is of the moment and whose prose, published by some underground press, is mostly inaccessible? Or do they roll their eyes because they read Nora Roberts and Stephen King and you sound like such a snob?

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