One of Canada's most iconic and beloved writers, Margaret Atwood has written more than 40 books -- novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history and books for children. Atwood's work is internationally acclaimed and has been published around the world. Her books have been shortlisted for virtually every major award for which she's eligible.Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale (winner of the Governor General's Award and a finalist for the Booker Prize), Cat's Eye (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Robber Bride (winner of the Trillium Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General's Award), Alias Grace (winner of the Giller Prize and Italy's Premio Mondello, and a finalist for the Governor General's Award, the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), The Blind Assassin (winner of the Man Booker Prize and a finalist for the Governor General's Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and Oryx and Crake (a finalist for the Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award, the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize).
Atwood is also associated with a number of environmental charities, including lending her name to a blend of Balzac's coffee, which raises money for the Pelee Island Bird Observatory.
Atwood is an old hand at CBC's battle of the books: The Handmaid's Tale was a contender in the first ever Canada Reads in 2002 (it was defended by former prime minister Kim Campbell), and Oryx and Crake was defended by politician Olivia Chow in 2005.