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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 National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award!

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

Atwood has won PEN Pinter Free-Speech Prize

Margaret Atwood has won the PEN Pinter Free-Speech prize for her work championing environmental causes.The award was established in 2009 in honor of Harold Pinter.

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. 

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.

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