Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa, and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and lived in Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her impressive writing career, Margaret Atwood has been an outspoken advocate for environmental responsibility, gender equity, and social justice, and her dystopic work in particular demonstrates a tireless drive to galvanize positive action. She is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays, and her work has been published in thirty-five countries. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and the trilogy Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.