Margaret Atwood, a Canadian literary legend and friend of the show, turns 74 today. We've been lucky enough to have the always-quick-witted Margaret in the red chair several times over the years, most recently to talk about her new novel MaddAddam. In honour of her 74th birthday, here are some great Margaret moments from the show.
During her most recent visit, she took the time to tell us about the five people she'd want with her if she had to inhabit a new land:
She also talked about her friend, the great Canadian short story writer Alice Munro shortly before Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature:
And she touched on the question of gender bias in CanLit:
And did you know, she created a comic strip in the 1970s called Kanadian Kulture Komic under the pseudonym Bart Gerrard?
Here's a peek of Margaret and George backstage after that interview:
During her previous visit to the show, Margaret talked about her classic work of CanLit crit, Survival. She also talked about... zombies:
Here's a look at that full interview:
Throughout the day, the happy birthday messages for Margaret have been rolling in across the web. And how has she responded? With her characteristic acerbic wit:
Thank you for all the Birthday wishes! I am now in my 75th year. #nolongerajoke— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 18, 2013