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Margaret Atwood wins Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin

The Story

Margaret Atwood is in a whimsical mood as she sits down for a chat with CBC's Evan Solomon, and she has a reason to celebrate. Her 10th novel, The Blind Assassin, has just been awarded the Booker Prize, one of the world's most prestigious literary awards. Atwood wins the award on her fourth attempt with a novel that weaves an intricate series of stories within stories told by Iris Chase, a woman near the end of her life. 

Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: Dec. 10, 2000
Guest: Margaret Atwood
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 14:46

Did You know?

• In awarding the Booker Prize to Margaret Atwood, the five-member panel of judges admitted their decision was not unanimous, but said there was a "consensus" among them.

• Atwood made the Booker Prize short list three previous times: For The Handmaid's Tale (1986), Cat's Eye (1988) and Alias Grace (1996).

• The essays Atwood talked about in this interview were published as Negotiating With the Dead: A Writer on Writing (2002). It was part of a series of lectures Atwood gave at the University of Cambridge in 2000.

• The Booker Prize became known as the Man Booker, in 2002, when the Man Group began sponsoring it. 




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