Future Library: Margaret Atwood story to be published in 2114

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Fans of acclaimed Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood's work will literally have to wait 100 years to read one of her new stories.

The bestselling author of several acclaimed books including The Handmaid's Tale and the MaddAddam dystopian trilogy has been revealed as the first contributor to the Future Library project.

The Future Library project, conceived by Scottish artist Katie Paterson and sponsored by a Norwegian public art organization, is a unique book anthology that will be printed in 2114. The anthology will be printed on paper made from 1,000 trees that have recently been planted in Norway for the project. Each year, a different writer is being tapped to contribute a manuscript to the anthology - to be held in trust, unpublished - until 2114.


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Atwood, who is also a vocal environmentalist, told the Guardian that the concept appealed to her inner child.

"I think it goes right back to that phase of our childhood when we used to bury little things in the backyard, hoping that someone would dig them up, long in the future, and say, 'How interesting, this rusty old piece of tin, this little sack of marbles is. I wonder who put it there?'"

The writer, who has won numerous literary awards including the Giller Prize, Booker Prize, and was a finalist author in Canada Reads 2002, 2005 and 2014, was tight-lipped when asked about what she would write for Future Library, which is the part of the fun.

"Wild horses would not drag it out of me," she said. "It's part of the contract you can't tell anybody what you're writing. I'm finding it very delicious, because I get to say to [the media], I'm not telling. But I will say that I've bought some special archival paper, which will not decay in its sealed box over 100 years."