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Public Appearance

Margaret Atwood will appear on Thursday, November 6, 2003. Her reading will be free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Biographical Information

*Most of the information below is courtesy
of Ms. Atwood's website,


18 November, 1939. Ottawa, Ontario


Victoria College, University of Toronto, B.A., 1961
Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass., A.M., 1962
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1962-63, 1965-67


Lecturer in English, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1964-65
Instructor in English, Sir George Williams University, Montreal, 1967-68
University of Alberta, 1969-70
Assistant Professor of English, York University, Toronto, 1971-72
Writer-In-Residence, University of Toronto, 1972-73
M.F.A. Honorary Chair, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1985
Berg Chair, New York University, 1986
Writer-In-Residence, Macquarie University, Australia, 1987
Writer-In-Residence, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1989

Select Associations

Writers' Union of Canada (vice-chair, 1980-81)
PEN International (President of Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986)
Amnesty International, Royal Society of Canada (fellow)

Honorary Degrees

From Cambridge University, Oxford University, Mount Holyoke College, University of Toronto, Smith College, and many others.


To find reviews of Margaret Atwood's books, go to our Book Reviews guide.

To find additional articles or short stories by Margaret Atwood or articles about her, search for her name in Article First , Academic Search Complete, Contemporary Women's Issues and MLA International Bibliography. For further information, try the following library guides : Author Biographies, Literature, and Literary Criticism. Interviews and other material can be found by using a search engine.

Major Press Editions: Poetry

The Animals in That Country; Oxford, 1969; Atlantic Little-Brown, 1968.
The Journals of Susanna Moodie; Oxford, 1970.
Procedures for Underground; Oxford, 1970; Atlantic Little-Brown, 1970.
Power Politics; Anansi, 1971; Harper & Row, 1973.
You Are Happy; Oxford, 1974; Harper & Row, 1975.
Selected Poems; Oxford, 1976; Simon & Schuster, 1978.
Two-Headed Poems; Oxford, 1978.
True Stories; Oxford; 1981.
Interlunar; Oxford, 1984.
Selected Poems II: Poems Selected and New, 1976-1986; Oxford, 1986; Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
Selected Poems 1966-1984; Oxford, 1990.
Margaret Atwood Poems 1965-1975; Virago Press Limited, 1991.
Morning in the Burned House; McClelland & Stewart, 1995; Houghton Mifflin, 1995, Virago Press, 1995.
Eating Fire: Selected Poems, 1965-1995; Virago Press Limited, 1998.
Ms. Atwood's poetry has been published in many magazines, including The Tamarack Review, The Canadian Forum, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry (Chicago), Kayak, Quarry, and Prism. Her poetry also appears in many anthologies, both in Canada and the United States.

Major Press Editions: Short Fiction

Dancing Girls; McClelland & Stewart, Simon and Schuster, 1977; Cape, 1979.
Murder in the Dark; Coach House Press, 1983.
Bluebeard's Egg; McClelland & Stewart, 1983; Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
Wilderness Tips; McClelland & Stewart, 1991; Doubleday, 1991; Bloomsbury, 1991.
Good Bones; Coach House Press, 1992; Bloomsbury, 1992; Doubleday, 1994.
Ms. Atwood's short stories have appeared in The Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, and many other magazines.

Major Press Editions: Novels

The Edible Woman; McClelland & Stewart, 1969; Andre Deutsch, 1969; Atlantic Little-Brown, 1970.
Surfacing; McClelland & Stewart, 1972; Andre Deutsch, 1973; Simon & Schuster, 1973.
Lady Oracle; McClelland & Stewart, Simon & Schuster, Deutsch, 1976.
Life Before Man; McClelland & Stewart, 1979; Simon & Schuster, Cape, 1980.
Bodily Harm; McClelland & Stewart, 1981; Simon & Schuster, Cape, 1981.
The Handmaid's Tale; McClelland & Stewart, Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Cape, 1985.
Cat's Eye; McClelland & Stewart, 1988; Doubleday, 1989.
The Robber Bride; McClelland & Stewart, 1993; Bloomsbury, 1993; Doubleday, 1993.
Alias Grace; McClelland & Stewart, 1996; Bloomsbury, 1996; Doubleday, 1996.
The Blind Assassin; McClelland & Stewart, 2000; Bloomsbury, 2000; Doubleday, 2000.

Major Press Editions: Children’s Books

Up In the Tree; McClelland & Stewart, 1978.
Anna's Pet; James Lorimer & Co., 1980.
For the Birds; Douglas & McIntyre, 1990.
Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut; Key Porter Books, 1995.

Major Press Editions: Nonfiction

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature; Anansi, 1972.
Days of the Rebels 1815-1840; Toronto, Natural Science of Canada, 1977.
Second Words: Selected Critical Prose; Anansi, 1982.
Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature; Oxford University Press, 1995.

Major Press Editions: Edited

The Best American Short Stories 1989; (with Shannon Ravenel) Houghton Mifflin, 1989.
The Canlit Foodbook; Totem Books (Collins Publishers), 1987.
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English; Oxford, 1982.
The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English; (with Robert Weaver) Oxford, 1986.
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English; (with Robert Weaver) Oxford, 1995.

Art & Small Press Editions: Poetry

Double Persephone; Hawkshead Press, 1961; pamphlet.
Kaleidoscopes Baroque: a poem; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1965.
Talismans For Children; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1965.
Expeditions; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1965.
Speeches For Doctor Frankenstein; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1966.
Marsh, Hawk; Dreadnaught, 1977.
The Journals of Susanna Moodie, Charles Pachter, Manuel and Abel Bello-Sanchez; Toronto, 1980.
Notes Towards a Poem That Can Never Be Written; Salamander Press, 1981.
Snake Poems; Salamander Press, 1983.

Art & Small Press Editions: Fiction

Encounters with the Element Man; Concord, New Hampshire, Ewert, 1982.
Unearthing Suite; Grand Union Press, 1983.

Television Scripts

"The Servant Girl," CBC, 1974.
"Snowbird," 1981.
"Heaven On Earth," CBC, (with Peter Pearson) 1986.

Radio Scripts

"The Trumpets of Summer," CBC Radio, 1964.


"The Poetry and Voice of Margaret Atwood," Caedmon, 1977.
"Margaret Atwood Reads From The Handmaid's Tale," Caedmon.
"Margaret Atwood Reads Unearthing Suite," American Audio Prose Library, 1985.
Audio editions of Margaret Atwood's novels are also available, read by actresses.

In addition to the literary work listed above, Ms. Atwood's reviews and critical articles have appeared in Canadian Literature, Maclean's, Saturday Night, This Magazine, New York Times Book Review, The Globe and Mail, The Nation, Books In Canada, The Washington Post, The Harvard Educational Review, and many others.

Ms. Atwood's work has been translated into many languages, including French, German, Italian, Urdu, Estonian, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Catalan, Turkish, Russian, Finnish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Portuguese, Greek, Polish, Japanese, Icelandic, Spanish, Hebrew, and others. All of her fiction is available in paperback in Canada, the U.S., and in the U.K.

Her novel The Handmaid's Tale was adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter. The film was directed by Volker Schlorndorf and released in 1990.

Select Awards

2002 Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Blind Assassin
2001 Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, The Blind Assassin
2001 International Association of Crime Writers’ Dashiell Hammett Award, The Blind Assassin
Inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame, 2001
The Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin, 2000
Premio Mondello for Alias Grace, 1997
Salon Magazine Best Fiction of 1997 for Alias Grace
1996 The Giller Prize for Alias Grace
Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year, 1996
1994 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Canadian and Caribbean Region, The Robber Bride
Government of France's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1994
Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence (London, U.K.), 1994
1993 Canadian Authors' Association Novel of the Year, The Robber Bride
1989 City of Toronto Book Award, Cat's Eye
Coles Book of the Year, Cat's Eye, 1989
Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year, Cat's Eye, 1989
1988 National Magazine Award for Environmental Journalism, First Prize
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Honourary Member, Literature
1987 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction
Humanist of the Year Award, 1987
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1987
1986 Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award
Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, 1986
Ms. Magazine, Woman of the Year, 1986
1981 Guggenheim Fellowship
1974 The Bess Hoskins Prize, Poetry (Chicago)
1969 Union Poetry Prize, Poetry (Chicago)



Margaret Atwood's own website,

The Nation
Margaret Atwood's March 2003 column called "Letter to America," published both in The Nation and in The Globe and Mail.

Mother Jones
Interview with Margaret Atwood in Mother Jones

Wired for Books
A 1986 audio interview with Margaret Atwood by Don Swaim of CBS Radio

Light in the Wilderness
An engaging profile of Margaret Atwood. Robert Potts, Saturday April 26, 2003, The Guardian

Reviews of Oryx and Crake

And pigs might fly...
In Margaret Atwood's dystopian vision, Oryx and Crake, the perils of GM have come home to roost. Joan Smith, Sunday May 11, 2003, The Observer.

Washington Post
Reviewed by Thomas M. Disch, Sunday, April 27, 2003

Reviewed by David Kipen, Chronicle Book Critic
The Canadian visionary has gone back to the future with an irresistible tale of techno-tyranny and human rebellion. Lisa Appignanesi is chilled and thrilled.

Alias Grace
Interview with Margaret Atwood concerning Alias Grace

The Edible Woman

Dave Carley
The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood's first novel, translated for the stage

The Blind Assassin

A 2000 audio review of The Blind Assassin on NPR by Alan Cheuse

Preliminary Events

Before Margaret Atwood's appearance on campus, the Library will sponsor the following events:
September 29th, noon -Faculty Forum Literary discussion of Oryx and Crake.
October 16th, 7pm -Poetry readings and coffee
October 25th, 2pm -Homecoming Event Revisiting The Handmaid's Tale.
October 28th, 7pm -Discussion Literature and Social/Political Commentary.

Additional information about these events will be posted shortly.


For more information, contact Dana Hendrix at (512) 863-1241

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