The iconic Margaret Atwood won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Alias Grace, the tale of a 16-year-old housemaid accused in the double murder of her employer and his housekeeper-mistress in 19th century Toronto. It was based on a real-life 1843 murder.
In this clip below, the then 56-year-old writer told CBC News she genuinely didn't expect to receive the award, partly because she was "getting up there in years." Well, apparently no one told her to slow down. Now in her 70s, Atwood is as prolific as ever and has been awarded several more major literary awards since her Giller win.