Canada launches Margaret Atwood stamp: Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been honoured in her native country with a stamp. The 82-year-old was present at the unveiling ceremony that took place at a Toronto-based library.
The stamp features a picture of Atwood in a black turtleneck with her eye closed and one of her hands resting on her cheek. The stamp also features one of Atwood’s most powerful lines, from her poem Spelling, which goes, “A word after a word after a word is power. The line is featured in red ink above Margaret Atwood’s image but then merges into the background as a pattern in grey.
Atwood welcomed her family, friends and “those who intend to make fun of me for being on a stamp,” for joining her as she was given the “unexpected honour”. The stamp was unveiled to mark 60 years of Atwood’s literary career.
On a stamp, really, the nerve… How ever will I live it down… How cringe. How eye-rolling: Margaret Atwood.
The author recalled that as a child she had a collection of stamps which were ripped off envelopes that had been pulled from trash bins.
“Be prepared for a bunch of jokes about licking and sticking, not to mention cancellation and especially not to mention philately,” she added.
Who is Margaret Atwood?
One of the biggest names in literature in the last century, Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. According to CBC, Atwood published her first full-length poetry book The Circle Game in 1964. This book also won the author her first-ever literature prize- the 1966 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. In 1969, she released her first novel The Edible Women.
It was in 1985 that Atwood released her most popular work till date-The Handmaid’s Tale, which has been adapted into a film and a hit television series. The novel earned Atwood her first Booker Prize nomination. Atwood only released the sequel to this book The Testaments, in 2019, also jointly winning the Booker Prize for that year, alongside author Bernardine Evaristo.
Atwood has over 50 titles to her credit, apart from poetry and fiction, she has also penned several non-fiction and children’s books. She is a strong advocate of causes like climate change and women’s rights.