The Canadian Postal Service on Thursday celebrated the 60-year writing career of “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood by showing her picture on a stamp.
At a ceremony at a Toronto library, Ottawa-born Atwood responded with humor to the “unexpected honor” of welcoming friends and family and “those who intend to make fun of me for standing on a stamp.”
“On a stamp, really the nerve,” she joked dryly. “How ever am I going to live it down … How creepy. How eye-rolling.”
“Be prepared for a lot of jokes about licking and sticking, not to mention cancellation and especially not to mention philately,” she said, recalling her childhood collection of stamps torn from envelopes taken from trash cans.
The new stamp has a picture of Atwood – closed eyes and a hand on her cheek – with the lines “One word after another word after word is power”, from her poem “Spelling”.
Atwood also used the revelation to advocate for things, telling of a friend’s promise to strike stamps with her resemblance in letters to lawmakers in Canada and the United States, calling for action on climate change and an end to gender discrimination.
The award-winning author has 50 works to his credit, including novels, short fiction and poetry, and has sold millions of books translated into more than 30 languages.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” – about a totalitarian regime that forces fertile women to reproduce for barren elite couples – was published in 1985 but remains current, and in the public consciousness thanks to Hulus’ Emmy-winning television adaptation.
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