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"What did we think we were doing?"

"What did we think we were doing, we young writers of Canada?" That's a question Margaret Atwood asked during a Canadian Literature Centre talk in Edmonton. In excerpts from the talk and in conversation with Paul Kennedy, she considers the accidental but sometimes intentional creation of a culture and a tradition. Some things were unimaginable decades ago, like the diversity and strength of Canadian literature today...or the PowerPoint she uses to help tell the tale.
Margaret Atwood (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

"What did we think we were doing, we young writers of Canada?" That's a question Margaret Atwood asked during a Canadian Literature Centre talk in Edmonton.  In excerpts from the talk and in conversation with Paul Kennedy, she considers the accidental but sometimes intentional creation of a culture and a tradition.  In both lecture and interview, Ms Atwood entertainingly recounts some of the events, large and small, that helped shape her writing and Canadian literature.  Some things were unimaginable decades ago, like the diversity and strength of Canadian writing today...or the technology she uses to help tell the tale.  "Just think," she says, "a person of my age knows how to do a PowerPoint!" **This episode originally aired September 16, 2016.


"All of the things people take for granted now, the grants, the Canada Council grant, the reading series, the literary festivals, the book tours, none of that existed…..We created these things because they weren't there." -- Margaret Atwood

Things didn’t always go as planned, as Margaret Atwood found out in a book signing for her first novel 0:58


 


Web Extra | Watch the 2016 CLC Kreisel Lecture by Margaret Atwood 



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**This episode was produced by Dave Redel.

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