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Margaret Atwood on her 1996 novel Alias Grace

The Story

Margaret Atwood’s new novel, Alias Grace, tells the story of Grace Marks.  She was convicted of murder in Toronto in 1843.    Atwood talks to CBC Radio host Peter Gzowski about Susanna Moodie’s connection to Marks, and blending fact and fiction.

Broadcast Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: Sept. 12, 1996
Interviewer: Peter Gzowski
Guest: Margaret Atwood
Duration: 24:34

Did You know?

Alias Grace won the Giller Prize and was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the Governor General's Award.

• A Globe and Mail article published Sept. 7, 1996, reported that Alias Grace had already sold out a 20,000 copy print run in Britain, and 25,000 copies had been “rushed out” in Germany.  In the U.S., the initial print run was 175,000 hard-cover copies, with 25,000 “Reader’s Companions” printed for book clubs.

• Atwood can be seen discussing the book on Midday here.

• Biographer Charlotte Gray discusses Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill with Evan Solomon on Hot Type.


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