Some things Margaret Atwood’s been up to lately:
1 Launched “MaddAddam” on a Queen Mary cruise from New York to London in August.
2 Carried on a summer Twitter flirtation with raunchy comic Rob Delaney. (Him: “She does literary triple axels on every page and doesn’t even SWEAT.” Her: “Atwood in da Athood. … I will observe protocol from here forward, my love. Except when I don’t.”)
3 Made plans to rewrite “The Tempest” in modern prose as part of a 2016 celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
4 Wrote the serial novel “Positron,” about prisoners and jailers taking turns switching roles, for the online fiction site Byliner.
5 Lent her name to the eco-friendly Atwood Blend of coffee made by Balzac’s, Toronto’s version of Dunn Bros.
6 Cowrote a serial about zombies on Wattpad, the YouTube for e-books.
7 Sang “The Mole Song,” a hymn from her 2010 book “The Year of the Flood,” at a book event with Ursula Le Guin.
8 Helped crowdsource funds on Indiegogo for Fanado, a site designed to connect fans and artists online more frequently and efficiently.
9 Played the theremin, an early electronic instrument, on stage with the band One Ring Zero at an outdoor Toronto concert.
10 Latest cause: Saving the bees. (There’s a bee hero in “MaddAddam.”)