The Walrus has a neat piece on the making of Margaret Atwood, who has recently turned 80, as explored through anecdotes from those who have known her best, including friends, broadcasters, and other authors (Eleanor Wachtel, George Saunders, Tom King, Esi Edugyen, the douchey office of Jonathan Franzen, etc.)
It’s remarkable that Atwood, who turned eighty in November, has reached this crest after spending six decades writing into an ever-shifting cultural landscape. When she was starting out, writers, for the most part, didn’t get published in Canada. Canadian literature as a concept didn’t even exist. To understand how Atwood grew into the literary celebrity she is today, we reached out to some of the writers, publishers, and friends who know her, and her words, best.