Canada’s Postal Service on Thursday celebrated “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood’s 60-year writing career by putting her image on a stamp.
At a ceremony at a Toronto library, Ottawa-born Atwood reacted humorously to “the unexpected honor,” welcoming his friends and family, and “those who intend to laugh at me. because I’m on a stamp ”.
“On a timbre, really, the nerve,” she joked dryly. “How am I going to live it … How to cringe. How to roll my eyes.”
“Expect a bunch of jokes about licking and sticking, not to mention canceling and most importantly not to mention stamp collecting,” she said, recalling her childhood stamp collection ripped off from the envelopes taken from the trash cans.
The new stamp features a photo of Atwood – eyes closed and a hand on his cheek – with the lines “Word after word after word is power” from his poem “Spelling”.
Atwood also used the unveiling to advocate, recounting a friend’s vow to stick the stamps with her image on letters to lawmakers in Canada and the United States, calling for action on climate change and an end discrimination based on sex.
The award-winning writer has 50 books to her credit, including novels, fiction short films and poetry, and has sold millions of books translated into more than 30 languages.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” – on a totalitarian diet that forces fertile women to reproduce for sterile elite couples – was released in 1985 but remains relevant and in the public consciousness thanks to the Hulu television adaptation that won an Emmy.
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