Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 18, 1939. She published her first book of poetry in 1961 while attending the University of Toronto. She later received degrees from both Radcliffe College and Harvard University, and pursued a career in teaching at the university level. Her first novel,
In 2019, Atwood wrote a much-anticipated sequel, called The Testaments, set 15 years after the end of The Handmaid's Tale. It chronicles the stories of three women (including Aunt Lydia, a character in the first book) seeking to bring down the oppressive regime of Gilead. The Testaments was a joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize.
Atwood lived with her partner of 48 years, novelist Graeme Gibson, until his death in 2019. Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.