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Fabulous woman you are Margaret Atwood, a mountain of gratitude for launching this enormous prize to women writers and readers!

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Thank you for this! I always check the Booker list when I'm looking for a book. And you've given me other prize lists to check, too. I am so glad there is a prize in honor of Carol Shields.

I'd also love to know what book won the Booker when Handmaid's Tale was nominated?

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The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis won the Booker in 1986, the year Handmaid's Tale was nominated.

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Wikipedia has a nice ol' list I find myself returning to once in a blue moon. I've found the Booker winners, although much flawed like all hastily issued awards, stand up better in time than the Pulitzers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_winners_and_nominated_authors_of_the_Booker_Prize

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Canadianishly, eh? Thank you for providing me with that deliciously useful adverb, which I will start making use of forthwith.

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It shall be added to the standard lexicon.

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Your humour is much appreciated after a weekend of solid work. Glad you are on Substack.

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hey -- was at the Chan tonight -- wonderful event/show/happening! Many laughs, lots of empathetic murmurings ("yes, exactly - that happened to me, too"). Plenty of time for you to give answers and Ian was as great combo of following an actual plan of inquiry while being free-form, too. and if the writing gig doesn't work out, you can always make it in standup! (If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere....)

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Here I am chuckling... yet again. Heehee.. "Long, long ago, when many of you did not yet exist....". Yup. " Fun to feel 2 1/2 again.." Yes! And nice to know Ann P is as nice as she comes across in her writing.

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Ah, the unremitting glamour! What a joy it is for us readers to to experience it second-hand in the comfort of our homes, instead along the cheese-plate trail. All strength to you, Ms Atwood!

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May 9, 2023·edited May 10, 2023

I can hear, so very clearly, your voice as I read any essay, speech or article of yours; wonderful. I cannot hear your voice in any of your novels and this is the true art as I do not hear the writer (as is unfortunately too often the case) but I hear the novel's narrator or characters voices; wonderful-ler!

P.S. I have not read any of these outings yet and I need of no excuse :)

P.P.S. I nearly read one of them as it had plenty of attention at Biblioasis around the corner from me but something or other something'd and alas and Selah.

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Some of us think you have already done Glamour well. And you are so right about the value of the Prizes for writers, for book buyers and sellers.

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So happy you got to say all that in Nashville, Tenn. Touché points and I laughed and laughed - dare I presume: with you of course.

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Such an amazing and wonderful development on the literary landscape. Congrats to the winner, but also to the stalwart organizers who triumphed over such long odds.

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Data Beetle, L of UG = Life of Unremitting Glamour. Carrie, this is what Google is for, but I can exclusively reveal that it was The Bone People.

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Kudos to those who got this off the ground, including you.

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OK, so I'm reading the winner - When We Were Sisters. It is unrelentingly bleak. It's good. And once upon a time, when the world was full of hope, I liked unrelentingly bleak. It was a change of pace. Now it's just... another step in the overwhelming bleakness. I'll finish it. But I'm taking a break to watch the news. Which is less bleak. Oddly.

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I can hear your speech as I read it, haha I might try to find a video of it. It’s pretty funny.

I hope you make all the $$$ for Canadian writers and experience all the cheese boards.

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Thank you for drawing attention to this prize and to Carol Shields again. Please keep writing these wry and insightful pieces!

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