A birthday tribute to Margaret Atwood
I've never kept an actual count, but I would reckon that over the past 30 years, I have interviewed Margaret Atwood more than any other guest.
There are several very good reasons for this. Foremost, she is a great talker; she speaks in paragraphs, in colourful language, in an admixture of playfulness, erudition and humour.
But she is no easy mark in the interviewing biz. She listens with fearsome attention. Sometimes she would turn the tables on me and say something like "I don't know Michael, what do you think?"
She is patient and utterly accommodating. One Sunday in Newfoundland, I reminded her of the day and asked her to sing a hymn. Which she promptly did.
And even though she is perhaps the best-known novelist in the world, she never traded on her extraordinary reputation.
Nov. 18 is her 80th birthday. As a humble tribute and birthday gift, we present Margaret Atwood as she has appeared over the years on The Sunday Edition.
- Michael Enright
Click 'listen' above to hear highlights from Margaret Atwood's interviews over the years.