BOOK TALK

The World According to Atwood

The "High Priestess" of literature has spoken. In an interview with The New York Times during the Hong Kong Literary Festival, Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaiden’s Tale, shared her thoughts on the economic downturn, new writers, and literary censorship. (Atwood recently made headlines by refusing to attend the literary festival in Dubai, where a book was banned because it featured a gay sheik.) Her latest work is Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, which was timed almost fortuitously with the global economic collapse. And her next book, Year of the Flood is a “dystopic masterpiece” due out this fall. Atwood has also written the text to several hymns, which will be released on a CD to accompany the book.