What’s Next On Margaret Atwood’s Reading List?
Nearly 50 years have passed since the publication of her first novel, but Margaret Atwood has never felt more relevant. With the immense success of 2017’s television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, the CanLit icon’s speculative fiction is proving as captivating—and as topical—as ever.
We recently caught up with the acclaimed novelist and poet on an Adventure Canada cruise through the Canadian Arctic—a voyage that Atwood and her family have been making regularly for the last 20 years. In fact, it was on board an Adventure Canada ship that Atwood began writing the title story in her collection of short fiction, Stone Mattress, concerning a plot to commit the perfect murder on a (you guessed it) cruise ship.
As we sailed alongside the low tundra and icebergs in southern Nunavut, Atwood confessed—unsurprisingly, perhaps—to being an avid reader herself. But which types of books earn that coveted spot on her nightstand?
“All kinds,” said Atwood. “[The choice of book] depends on mood of the moment, and also the first page.”
Here are five titles she said she was particularly looking forward to cracking open when she returned home from the voyage.