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Margaret Atwood on writing her historical novel Alias Grace

The Story

Margaret Atwood reads from her latest work of fiction, Alias Grace, which is based on real-life events in Upper Canada in 1843.  She meets with CBC Midday host Brent Bambury at Mackenzie House museum to talk about the book's 19th-century setting, discovering the story in Susanna Moodie’s writings, and the Victorian interest in dreams and the sub-conscious.  They discuss whether there is a parallel in 1996 to the class-divided society that Grace Marks experienced.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Sept. 25, 1996
Host: Tina Srebotnjak
Interviewer: Brent Bambury
Guests: Margaret Atwood
Duration: 9:41

Did You know?

• Atwood can be heard here discussing the book with Peter Gzowski on Morningside.

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


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