Margaret Atwood

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Although Margaret Atwood is loyal to the Canadian literary style, her literary reputation extends well beyond the borders of her native land. A world-renowned poet, short-story writer, essayist and novelist, Atwood is hailed by her fellow countrymen and has received critical acclaim in the United States and Europe as well.

“In the last 30 years, Margaret Atwood has won virtually every significant Canadian writer’s award, starting with the highest one, the Governor General’s Award in 1966 for her second book of poetry,” said James Watson, chairman of the Helmerich Award Selection Committee. “She is a poet of understated power; a spare, poetic prose stylist; a storyteller’s storyteller.”

In cooperation with the Friends of the Tulsa Public Library, TCCL is offering a series of free public programs prior to Atwood’s visit to Tulsa to familiarize the community with the author
and her writings. An exhibit, book talks and a lecture on Canadian literature will emphasize Atwood’s works. Brochures listing the events are available at all TCCL locations.

The author of 11 novels, five short story collections, four children’s books, several nonfiction works and numerous poetry collection, Atwood is most noted for her novels “The Handmaid’s
Tale” (1985), “Cat’s Eye” (1988), “The Robber Bride” (1993) and “Alias Grace” (1996), which represents Atwood’s first venture into historical fiction.

In her works, Atwood stays true to her Canadian roots. “Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature” is Atwood’s most direct presentation of her strong belief in Canadian nationalism. In this work she discerns a uniquely Canadian literature, distinct from its American and British counterparts. Canadian literature, she argues, is primarily concerned with victims and with the victim’s ability to survive. Several critics find that Atwood’s own work exemplifies this survival theme of Canadian literature.