Margaret Atwood still hopes it's not 'too late,' despite her own grim premonitions
We last saw award-winning, bestselling Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist Margaret Atwood at the 2009 Miami Book Fair International, where she introduced the second book in her MaddAddam Trilogy, titled The Year of the Flood. Four years later, Atwood appeared at the 2013 National Book Festival, where she took the stage under a large standing-room-only tent for an extended, far-ranging interview with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles, beginning with the publication of MaddAddam (Nan A. Talese; September, 2013), the third book in the celebrated author's MaddAddam Trilogy, and her reflections on the trilogie's contemporary parables. After a discussion of whether her novels were a jeremiad or near-future, dystopian world, the author of The Handmaid's Tale tackled the question of whether it's 'too late' to save the world, seeing hope for the future with advances in science and technology and the survival of great books, reading and learning skills in the Digital Age. Atwood wrapped the interview with comments on her experience writing librettos for operas of The Handmaid's Tale and a forthcoming (May, 2014) opera about Canada's famous 19th century Mohawk poet and performer Pauline Johnson before taking questions on what makes the 'perfect reader'; the pros and cons of e-books and Twitter; her prescience in imagining unimaginable things that seem to be coming shockingly close to true, and actually do come true, pointing to the sudden evolution of the internet as a government surveillance and Facebook datamining beast watching everything we do; her refusal to name names of her favorite authors and books; and finished with questions about the Afterword of The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye paintings.
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