Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood on 16 June 2016 was awarded the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize.
Atwood will receive her award at a public event at the British Library on 13 October 2016.
Atwood was chosen by judges Vicky Featherstone, Zia Haider Rahman, Peter Stothard, Antonia Fraser and President of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.
Who is Margaret Atwood?
• Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist.
• She is also the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents.
• She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.
• She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once for her novel The Blind Assassin.
• In 2001, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
• A few of her best novels are The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride, The Year of the Flood among others.
About PEN Pinter Prize
• The PEN Pinter Prize is an annual literary award launched in 2009 by English PEN.
• It was launched in honour of the late Nobel Literature Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.
• The award is given to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who casts an unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world.
• The PEN Pinter Prize is one of the many PEN literary awards sponsored by PEN International affiliates.
• The 2015 PEN Pinter Prize was awarded to James Fenton, who shared the prize with Raif Badawi as the International Writer of Courage.
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