Margaret Atwood on reading and writing an apocalypse

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To kick off 2014, Shelagh Rogers is interviewing all five of the Canada Reads authors on The Next Chapter -- one a week between January 6 and February 3! Last week Rogers spoke to Kathleen Winter, and in this edition she talks to Margaret Atwood, author of The Year of the Flood.

Rogers spoke with Margaret Atwood when the book was first published in the fall of 2009 about her choosing to write a sequel to Oryx and Crake.

The Year of the Flood is the second novel in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy, which deals with a dystopic future and the aftermath of environmental degradation. In a world dominated by shadowy, corrupt corporations and the uncontrolled development of new, gene-spliced life forms, a man-made pandemic occurs, obliterating human life. Two people have unexpectedly survived: Ren, a young dancer locked inside a high-end sex club, and Toby, who has barricaded herself alone inside a luxurious spa. But they can't stay hidden forever...

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The Year of the Flood was published in 2009 by Random House. Atwood's final instalment in the trilogy, MaddAddam, was published this year.

You can listen to Margaret Atwood's conversation with Shelagh Rogers in the audio player above. If you'd rather listen to the whole episode, you can do so on The Next Chapter website.

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