Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is the author of more than thirty internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and she has been awarded many literary awards and honours from various countries. Her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin, won the Booker Prize and the International Association of Crime Writers' Dashiell Hammett Award. Other books by Margaret Atwood shortlisted for the Booker Prize include The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood has been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has been awarded the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit, the French Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and is a Foreign Honorary Member for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She currently lives in Toronto, and her website is at www.owtoad.com.