No moss grows under Atwood

  • September 21, 2013 - 2:00 PM

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.”)

Kristin Tillotson

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