Margaret Atwood webchat in London UK
''The Heart Goes Last''
HERE ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE COME IN SO FAR: (below)
QUESTION: What do you think the rash of dystopian eco-disaster novels, films and tv that have come out in the past decade means?
Since writers nowadays are vulnerable to online abuse, do you feel that you now need more courage than ever to continue writing?
Your poem "In Praise of Stupid Women" remains my favorite piece of verse. Have you ever thought about writing a sequel to it, in light of changes about the representation of women in literature today?
I once spoke with an individual who said he loved Haruki Murakami's books, and then admitted he hadn't read any when I asked for his favorite. Which book(s) have you claimed to have read and haven't? I'm sure there must be one...as a gesture of quid pro quo, I told my mother (a huge fan) that I had read Harry Potter up to book four. I have not. She caught me out.
Many thanks and best regards.
I know the merits of bucket lists are debatable, but I would live to know which 10 books you would re-read, if you could only read another ten.
Thanks very much!
And do you speak with the Dead?
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She might equally be thought of as a spec fic author or even a cli-fi author, for her eerily possible fundamentalist dystopia in The Handmaid’s Tale and her futuristic Oryx and Crake trilogy, set in a world where genetic engineering has created a new type of human.
She has written historical fiction, like the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin; she is also a poet, essayist, children’s author, librettist and inventor.
Her novel The Heart Goes Last is similarly resistant to category.
“Jubilant comedy of errors, bizarre bedroom farce, SF prison-break thriller, psychedelic 60s crime caper: The Heart Goes Last scampers in and out of all of these genres,” wrote M John Harrison in the Guardian.
Atwood is joining us to answer questions about it and anything else in her career, in a live webchat from 1pm BST onwards on Monday 28 September. Post your questions , and the ten that she deems the best will receive a signed ebook copy of the novel.
MORE QUESTIONS HERE:
If you had to write a sequel to any of your previous novels, which one would you choose?
Margaret, have you ever baked a cake in the shape of a woman? If so, what colored icing did you use?
With Western pop culture's reinvigorated focus on 'feminism' do you think life is getting harder for women, or easier?
She then collected black cats in earnest.
This beautifully twisted bit of work has changed my life forever.
Whenever I am sad, I think of her, hanging all night in her orchard, quietly looking at the stars and thinking.......
Will you please write more poetry?
You are such a creative genius.