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Margaret Atwood to be celebrated on stamp by Canada Post

Canada Post says it will honour Atwood with a new stamp to be revealed at a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.

The stamp will revealed at a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library on Nov. 25

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet and essayist. (The Canadian Press)

Margaret Atwood is being celebrated for her contributions to Canadian literature with a special stamp.

Canada Post says it will honour the Canadian author with a new stamp to be revealed at a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.

One of Canada's most prolific and decorated writers, Atwood's bibliography spans more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, essays and graphic novels.

Atwood has been publishing poetry, fiction and nonfiction since the 1960s. Her acclaimed books include The Handmaid's TaleAlias GraceOryx and Crake and The Edible Woman. Her early poetry collection The Circle Game won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry.

She also won the Booker Prize twice, in 2000 for The Blind Assassin and in 2019 for The TestamentsShe shared the 2019 prize with British writer Bernardine Evaristo. She also won the Giller Prize in 1996 for Alias Grace.

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She is best known for her dystopian depictions of societies wracked by patriarchal oppression and environmental ruin, as exemplified by the 1985 classic novel The Handmaid's Tale.

Earlier this year, the Writers' Trust of Canada announced their fiction prize would be renamed after Atwood and her long-time partner Graeme Gibson. Atwood and Gibson were among the co-founders of the Writers' Trust.

Atwood was named a companion to the Order of Canada in 1981. She also co-founded the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Atwood is expected to attend Thursday's event alongside filmmaker Sarah Polley, who adapted Atwood's 1996 novel Alias Grace into a TV miniseries, and Canadian activist and long time friend Ceta Ramkhalawansingh.

Others famous Canadians who have recently been added to Canada Post's stamp collection include Indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie and late acting legend Christopher Plummer.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this article said the stamp would be revealed on Nov. 24. In fact it was revealed on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.
    Nov 25, 2021 1:20 PM ET

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