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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Margaret Atwood appears on a Canadian stamp

Margaret Atwood

Key Takeaways:

  • On Thursday, the Canadian Postal Service honored “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood’s 60-year writing career by featuring her image on a stamp.

At a ceremony at a Toronto library, Atwood, who was born in Ottawa, reacted to the “unexpected honor” with humor, welcoming friends and family as well as “those who intend to make fun of me for being on a stamp.”

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“On a stamp, the nerve,” she remarked dryly. “How will I ever get over it What a cringe. What a snide remark.”

“Be prepared for a slew of jokes about licking and sticking, not to mention canceling and, especially, not to mention philately,” she warned, recalling her childhood collection of stamps ripped from envelopes pulled from trash cans.

The new stamp captures Atwood with her eyes closed and one hand on her cheek, along with the lines “A word after a word after a word is power,” from her poem “Spelling.”

Atwood also used the unveiling to advocate for causes, recounting a friend’s vow to hit her likeness on letters to lawmakers in Canada and the United States, urging action on climate change and an end to gender discrimination.

Margaret Atwood, who was born in Ottawa, reacted to the “unexpected honor” with humor at a ceremony at a Toronto library, welcoming friends and family as well as “those who intend to make fun of me for being on a stamp.”

The award-winning author has 50 works to her name, including novels, short fiction, and poetry, and her books have sold millions of copies in over 30 languages.

“The Handmaid’s Tale,” a 1985 novel about a totalitarian regime that forces fertile women to reproduce for barren elite couples, remains relevant and in the public consciousness thanks to Hulu’s Emmy-winning television adaptation. Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Source: gmanetwork

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