Prolific, award-winning author one of Canada's most successful literary
TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2021 /CNW/ - Canada Post today
unveiled a new commemorative stamp to honour literary giant
Margaret Atwood and her incredible
With more than 50 works to her credit – including novels, short
fiction, poetry, criticism, graphic novels and children's stories –
Atwood is among the most successful and admired writers
Canada has ever known.
Born in Ottawa in 1939, the
best-selling writer burst onto the literary scene in the early
1960s with two award-winning collections of poetry, Double
Persephone and The Circle Game. In 1969, she established
herself as a serious writer of fiction with her first novel, The
Sometimes referred to as "the queen of CanLit," Atwood has sold
millions of books, which have been translated into more than 30
languages. Several of her works have been adapted into films and
critically acclaimed television series, including the Emmy
Award-winning series The Handmaid's Tale.
Atwood's success is also reflected in the international acclaim
and numerous awards and honours she has received, among them the
Giller Prize, two Booker Prizes, two Governor General's Literary
Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Franz Kafka International
Literary Prize and the PEN Pinter Prize. She is a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada, a
Chevalier of France's Ordre des
Arts et des Lettres, an International Honorary Member of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 1981, she was named a
Companion of the Order of Canada.
The stamp, designed by Steven
Slipp and printed by Lowe-Martin, features a photograph by
renowned photographer Ruven
Afanador, with the lines "A word after a word after a word
is power" from her poem "Spelling." The front of the Official First
Day Cover showcases a sketch by the author entitled Neither fish
nor flesh (1975). The cancel – a raven silhouette symbolizing
Atwood's interest in birds – is postmarked in Toronto, which was chosen due to the author's
deep connections to the city's publishing community.
The stamp and collectibles are available at
canadapost.ca and postal outlets across Canada.
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