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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 reach this goal, we publish a journal, Margaret Atwood Studies, and we host several panels each year on Atwood at various academic conferences, including each at the Modern Language Association Convention. (See the Calls for Papers tab to learn more). 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.

Atwood receives Franz Kafka International Prize 2017

Margaret Atwood was presented with the Franz Kafka International Prize of 2017. On October 17 at the Old Town Hall in Prague, Atwood received the award, although she was chosen by the international jury in May. See this press release for more information and for a list of past recipients.

Atwood’s interview with Ian Willoughby for Radio Prague can be found here.

Margaret Atwood presented with the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

At the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair, Margaret Atwood was presented with the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for her body of work. “Recognized for her bleak worldview that captures contemporary issues with poignancy,” the accompanying link explains, she “spoke at the Paulskirche about the importance of writing in a historically significant age.” The event was also written about here.

Atwood wins graphic novel award from CSFFA

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) has announced the 2017 Aurora award winners. Among them is Margaret Atwood for her graphic novel Angel Catbird Vol 1. This year the awards ceremony was held on September 22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Hulu Adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale Wins 4 Emmys!

At the recent 2017 Emmys, Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale won the night, with four awards:

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Bruce Miller)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Elizabeth Moss)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Ann Dowd)

Outstanding Drama Series!

 

Trailer for Netflix adaptation of Alias Grace dropped

The buzz is growing over Alias Grace, and we can’t wait. The miniseries adapts Atwood’s book about Grace Marks, a Canadian maid who is accused and convicted of murdering her employers in 1843. See the official trailer on Entertainment Weekly.

Atwood wins the St. Louis Literary Award!

Margaret Atwood is the 2017 winner of the St. Louis Literary Award. The ceremony will be on September 19th at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center, St. Louis.

MLA 18 Call for Papers

“Renegades and Revenge: Hag-Seed &/or The Heart Goes Last.” 250-300 word abstract and a short bio by 15 March 2017; Eleonora Rao (erao@unisa.it)

Atwood wins National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award!

Congratulations, to Margaret Atwood, winner of a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle!

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