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The Margaret Atwood Society is an international association of scholars, teachers, and students who share an interest in Atwood’s work. The main goal of the Society is to promote scholarly exchange of Atwood’s works and cultural contributions by providing opportunities for scholars to exchange information. To let us know about current Atwood-scholarship-related news or events, please email us the appropriate information. We will include your news on this site and/or our Facebook page and Twitter feed. We welcome your friendship and comments on Facebook and Twitter, whether or not you join the Society.

If you’d like to join the society, please see the Membership page.

Note:  For contact information for Margaret Atwood, see the contact listings on her official website. (You might also have luck @ replying her on Twitter). We do not forward messages or materials to Ms. Atwood.

Membership Vote: Lowered Dues

Fellow Atwoodians,

We are finishing the transition to an electronic journal. Thus, we believe it is time to lower the dues, as production costs will soon be lower.

The executive committee has proposed annual dues of $15 for all individual members. If approved, the new dues would take effect on 1/1/16.

A link to the vote has been sent out to our email list. If you are a member of the society, but did not receive a link to the vote, email Karma at kjwaltonen@ucdavis.edu.

Atwood Award Deadline: 12/1/2015!

Margaret Atwood Society Awards are named each year; nominations are invited in all categories and should be sent directly to the appropriate judge (see below).

Entries for the 2015 Awards are due by December 1st, 2015. Winners will be notified in early January. (Emailed entries should be in .docx or .pdf.)

  • Best Undergraduate Essay: Mairin Barney, embarney@roosevelt.edu
  • Best Graduate Student Essay (or chapter): Lauren Rule Maxwell, lauren.maxwell@citadel.edu
  • Best Article: Dunja Mohr, dunja.mohr@uni-erfurt.de
  • Best Edited Collection: Sarah Petrovic, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 2201 Silver Lake Rd, Bartlesville, OK, 74006
  • Best Book: Karma Waltonen, UWP (Voorhies Hall), UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616

Celebrating Atwood’s New Novel: A Sale

I was simply going to post a link to Atwood’s new novel, The Heart Goes Last (a revision of her Byliner Positron series). However, when I went to Powells to grab the link, I discovered that they’re having an Atwood sale. Stock up on Atwood while the sale lasts: http://www.powells.com/promotions/margaret-atwood-sale.

–Karma Waltonen, Editor, Margaret Atwood Studies

Atwood among literary luminaries honored by New York Public Library

See this article in Wall Street Journal about the Library Lions gala event.

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

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“In Margaret Atwood’s Latest, the Past is Powerfully Present.” NPR, Sept. 13, 2014

MAS-sponsored panel at MLA Friday, Jan. 10

If you’re coming to the MLA convention this week in Chicago, be sure to attend our panel on Friday on Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. Directly after the panel, the Margaret Atwood Society will hold its annual business meeting. Come to the panel for information. Current and prospective members are welcome to attend! 

Dr. Karma Waltnonen, Atwood scholar and former MAS president, will be presiding over the panel. 

Ballet Adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is featuring an adaptation of Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale from October 16 through October 20. On October 21, the ballet travels to Brandon to perform at the Western Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall.



Atwood to Revise The Taming of the Shrew

From The Atlantic:

Man Booker Prize winners Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobsen have bravely committed themselves to writing contemporary versions of Shakespeare’s plays in honor of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Jacobsen will rework The Merchant of Venice and Atwood will take on The Taming of the Shrew as part of project put together by Penguin Random House’s Hogarth imprint.