Welcome to Margaret Atwood Reading Month. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, either in the comments or on your own blogs, about your first encounters with Margaret Atwood and/or her work.
From what I hear, many of us here in Canada first experienced Margaret Atwood in school. Not me. I remember Alice Munro and Hugh McLennan. But not Margaret Atwood.
It wasn’t until my husband and I bought our first house in downtown Dartmouth a year after we got married (so, around 1999), that I read my first Margaret Atwood. We were within easy walking distance to the library, so, although in the past I had relied on my mother’s bookshelves to supply me with books to read, I decided I wanted to start using the library.
Not really having anything specific in mind the first time I went, I headed for the ‘A’s. That was back before you could go online and put a hold on books. And, although, I love putting holds on books, there is also something nice about wandering into the library, not knowing for sure what will be there and what you’ll come out with. So, the Margaret Atwood I chose was limited to what was available that day.
Happily, I have kept a list of books I’ve read since 1988. If not for this (priceless and irreplaceable) list, I would not be able to tell you which Atwood I read first… The Robber Bride (which would have been new-ish at the time). Next, I chose The Edible Woman (because, what an intriguing title).
My third choice is the one that stuck with me the most over the years – I devoured it. And then I devoured it again more recently. Alias Grace, an historical novel about Grace Marks who was accused of murdering her employer. I think it is still my favourite.
For a while now, I’ve wanted to revisit the books I read so long ago I barely remember them, as well as read more of her work. I’m hoping MARM will give me that nudge I need to get started.
What do I love about Margaret Atwood? She is versatile, creative, playful, intelligent, and funny. I am constantly amazed by what she creates.
How (and when and where and why) did you first come across Margaret Atwood?
What about Margaret Atwood’s beginnings?
During a recent conversation I had with Melanie from Grab the Lapels, in which we were discussing Margaret Atwood’s parents, I realized I knew more about her father than her mother. So I googled her, I found this wonderful article written by MA about her mother.
I already knew that her parents had met at Teacher’s College in Truro, NS (more “beginnings”)…
But what I seemed to have missed is that her mother was from the Annapolis Valley. How did I not know this? So… Margaret Atwood’s beginnings originate in Nova Scotia. She’s practically a Bluenoser, wouldn’t ya say?
Furthermore, I learned that Joyce Barkhouse, the celebrated author of Pit Pony, was her sister (Margaret Atwood’s aunt). She and her sister Joyce lived to be 97 and 99, respectively. I hope that means we’ll have their daughter (and niece) with us for many years to come.
The Schedule for Margaret Atwood Reading Month:
Today: Marcie is also posting about Beginnings at Buried in Print
November 8: Cover Images (hosted by Naomi at Consumed by Ink)
November 15: Favourites (hosted by Marcie at Buried in Print)
November 22: Quotations (hosted by Naomi at Consumed by Ink)
November 29: Endings (hosted by Marcie at Buried in Print)
November 30: A Round-Up of links collected from participants
Remember: These weekly themes are in addition to any book, story, poem, essay, interview, article, etc. you want to read (or watch) over the month and discuss on your blogs or on Twitter. #MARM