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Fredonia Shakespeare Club

The Fredonia Shakespeare Club held its 16th meeting of the 2012-2013 year at the home of Mrs. Victor Jonus. The topic for the year is “Authors as Social Commentators.” Mrs. McQuiston read a paper prepared by Mrs. John Shutt on Margaret Atwood, which is summarized as follows:

Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and environmental activist. She was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto, Canada. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College and her master’s degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty 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.

Atwood’s work has been translated into many languages and published in more than 25 countries. Among her numerous honors and awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Molson Award, the Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award, and a Canada Short Fiction Award. In 1986, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year. She has served as a Writer-In-Residence and a lecturer at many colleges and universities.

Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson where she continues to write and connect with her supporters through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.

Jonus was assisted at the tea table by Mrs. Covley Walker. The next, and final, regular meeting of the club will be held on Thursday.