Margaret Atwood on NPR

margaret atwoodIf you were listening to NPR on Thursday afternoon, you might have stumbled across the Diane Rehms show, with its very special guest, Margaret Atwood.  Diana’s show (who happened to be absent that day) had been playing host to a variety of literary figures lately, from Anne Heller, who penned Ayn Rand and the World She Made (check out a NYT review of that here) to Harriet Reisen, who wrote and produced the book and similarly titled documentary Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.

Even though I haven’t read any of these books, nor any of Atwood’s novels, listening to Atwood reminded me how desperately I want to read her books.  She was discussing The Year of the Flood, a post-apocalyptic novel starring an environmental cult.  Also on my list of books to read by Atwood is Oryx and Crake and Blind Assassin, among others.  I’ve heard they’re well-written and just lovely, and Atwood sounded like a wonderful woman to speak with.  But I have to say the best part of the interview was when Atwood sang one of the hymns from her book (did I mention the book has its own soundtrack?).

I heartily reccomend any of Atwood’s novels, and that you check out the interview below.  Also, listen in Monday, November 2, for when Diane interviews Audrey Niffenegger about Her Fearful Symmetry.

Margaret Atwood: The Year of the Flood (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

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