Atwood News & other notes of interest
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I like what they said about her:-)
Thanks to tiffin for sending this to me.
Congratulations to dear Margaret Atwood who does a fabulous job of defending "the dignity of women" and denouncing "situations of social injustice.” woohoo!!
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.
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.
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."
and apparently Tweeting also.
A live chat with Margaret Atwood on the Deviant Art Chat Network August 4th.
btw, she is a great tweeter.
She's got a very dry sense of humour, doesn't she!
Not hilariously funny, but I think Atwood was a great sport when Rick Mercer asked her to do this.
M A R G A R E T A T W O O D
I N O T H E R W O R L D S
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
Imagination 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.
Atwood involved in film version of Alias Grace.
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" :)