Sunday, September 20, 2009



<-- See this here?
I was walking into Chapters today and was accosted by this, posted up on the bulletin board at the Sussex Street entrance.
Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors EVER!
And I have seen her several times before, at speaking engagements here and there.
She has always been so gracious with my rambling praise of her when I finally get to the Holy Table where she humbly sits as though she is not Canada's Goddess of The Novel. [Notice how I said that? I left room for Alice Munro's rightful designation as Canada's Goddess of the Short Story.]
I just love the work of Margaret Atwood.
I like what she does. I think she is brilliant.
I have a signed copy of Oryx & Crake, so I am thinking.... dang it all, even though I could request a free REVIEW copy from the fine folks at Random House, I think I will have to break down and buy The Year of the Flood tomorrow... so that I am good and ready on Tuesday, in case there is a signing afterward!
I will never forget what Margaret Atwood said to me, when I leaned forward and whispered, "Tell me. What is your own favorite novel you've written?"
She, in that crazy voice she has, replied, "If I told you, the others would hear, and be jealous."
The neat thing about this venue here [St. Brigid's Church] is that it is only a couple of blocks from where I live!
A dramatic production of Year of The Flood, with Her Maggieness as narrator?
How could I miss this?
I immediately went and bought a ticket, after reading this bulletin!
The lady that sold me the ticket said the event is very nearly sold out.
Thank the metaphorical Lord for this announcement!
I would not have known about it otherwise.



Beth said...

Say "hi" to Peggy for me. ;)
She is a legend.

Deidra said...

Sounds like fun! I'm so glad you got a ticket! Surely you'll come back after the event and give us all the details?

Melwyk said...

It was meant to be! I am sure no-one will appreciate it as much as you will :)

Isabella K said...

Enjoy! You must tell us all about it!!!

I'm about 2/3 through YOTF now and liking it much better than O&C. I would've given almost anything to stay in bed today and finish it .

Stefanie said...

Oh you are so lucky and I am so jealous! Have a great time and please report back in painstaking detail on the evening!

Thomas Hogglestock said...

Sigh. I keep looking to see if she is going to do this at all in the US. So far I haven't been able to find anything that would suggest she is.

My Atwood obssession led me to collect the Canadian, British, and American First Editions of Oryx and Crake. In fact I have two of the Canadian editions. The second one was signed and inexpensive so I couldn't pass it. up.