2012 Featured Presenters

Keynote speaker

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. Throughout her writing career, she has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.

Her most recent works include Oryx and Crake, The Tent, Moral Disorder, and The Door. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth , was part of the Massey Lecture series, and her most recent novel is The Year of the Flood. Her work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen™, a remote signing device.

Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

Photo Credits:

  • Margaret Atwood photo by George Whiteside
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca photo by Don J. Usner
  • Mary Jo Bang photo by Jessica Baran
  • Roger Bonair-Agard photo by Peter Dressel
  • Bonnie Jo Campbell photo by John Campbell
  • Bei Dao photo by Ann Arbor
  • Mark Doty photo by Starr Black
  • Carol Ann Duffy photo by Michael Woods
  • Jennifer Egan photo by Pieter M. Van Hattem / Vistalux
  • Thomas Sayers Ellis photo by Jennifer Flescher
  • Nikky Finney photo by David Flores Photography
  • Dagoberto Gilb photo by Bertini
  • Jaimy Gordon photo by Alan Ritch
  • Paul Harding photo by Lauren Goldenberg
  • Lyn Hejinian photo by Brian Palmer
  • Edward Hirsch photo by Brian Palmer
  • Pam Houston photo by Russell Kaye, Sandra-Lee Phipps
  • Ha Jin photo by Jerry Bauer
  • Philip Levine photo by Jim Wilson/ The New York Times
  • Taylor Mali photo by Peter Dressel
  • Eileen Myles photo by Sam Ace
  • Marilyn Nelson photo by Derek Dudek
  • Audrey Niffenegger photo by Stephen Desantis
  • Molly Peacock photo by Lara Tomlin
  • Ed Roberson photo by Rachel Eliza Griffths
  • Marilynne Robinson photo by Nancy Crampton
  • Esmeralda Santiago photo by Robert Curtis / CantoMedia
  • Rebecca Skloot photo by Manda Townsend
  • Jane Smiley photo by Jack Canning
  • Jesmyn Ward photo by Tony Cook
  • Eliot Weinberger photo by Nina Subin
  • Irvine Welsh photo by Rankin
  • Isabel Wilkerson photo by Joe Henson
  • C.K. Williams photo by Catherine Mauger
  • C.D. Wright photo by Forrest Gander
  • Monica Youn photo by Stan Kim
  • Deborah Digges photo by Star Black
  • George Hitchcock photo by Jim Hair
  • Pat Mora photo by Cheron Bayna
  • Eleanor Ross Taylor photo by Jill Krementz
  • Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop photo by Walt Odets
  • Keith Waldrop photo by Connie Grosch
  • Rosmarie Waldrop photo by Walt Odets
  • David Young photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones
  • Mandy Keifetz photo by John Bunny Welch

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