Margaret Atwood

Spend an afternoon with Margaret Atwood and William Gibson at Toronto’s new bo... Spend an afternoon with Margaret Atwood and William Gibson at Toronto’s new book fair

After a disastrous year for this city’s quickly vanishing bookstores, Toronto bibliophiles have at least one thing to be optimistic about: a new literary festival. Filling the void left by the defunct BookExpo Canada, the weekend-long Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair has a packed inaugural schedule. Apart from an array of writers’ workshops and events,… Read more »

Sample booze inspired by Canadian celebrities during Ontario Craft Beer Week 201... Sample booze inspired by Canadian celebrities during Ontario Craft Beer Week 2014

Before there were whole calendar weeks devoted to poutine, burgers and the absence of gluten, there was Ontario Craft Beer Week, a relative pioneer in the Toronto festival scene. The lineup for this year’s fest—OCBW’s fourth—is a beer geek’s dream of tastings, brewery tours, pub crawls, educational seminars, tap takeovers, beer dinners and other boozy… Read more »

The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city? The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city?

You know you live in interesting times when the chief of police is the most powerful person in town. What propelled Chief Blair to the top of our Influentials list was Rob Ford’s Crackgate—a story that consumed the city for much of the last year and whose bewildering narrative is still being written. Of course,… Read more »

VIDEO: Margaret Atwood has a plan to improve the lyrics to “O Canada” VIDEO: Margaret Atwood has a plan to improve the lyrics to “O Canada”

Should Canada’s anthem be gender-neutral? Literary goddess Margaret Atwood and former PM Kim Campbell think so. Their proposed two-word tweak (“in all thy sons command” would become “in all of us command”) even has a historical precedent. It does not, however, command true patriot love in NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, who is strangely adamant that no one mess with the lyrics. [Macleans]

Five things you didn’t know about Margaret Atwood, whose apocalyptic new novel... Five things you didn’t know about Margaret Atwood, whose apocalyptic new novel is out August 27

1 | She eats bugs “My dad was an entomologist, so I have nothing against eating insects. Giant locusts are delicious toasted.” 2 | She thinks about killing people “The murder story I wrote for the New Yorker came out of an Arctic cruise I went on with an organization called Adventure Canada. A bunch… Read more »

Toronto’s Best Tweeters: top Twitter feeds from local entertainers, athletes a... Toronto’s Best Tweeters: top Twitter feeds from local entertainers, athletes and media personalities

Toronto’s Twitter-happy celebrity set supplies a constant stream of bon mots, feuds and photo scandals, so choosing our favourite social media mavens meant scrolling through thousands of tweets. We settled on 10 notables whose 140-character missives are both funny and revealing. Some are native Torontonians, others have moved here more recently and one or two have only a tenuous tie… Read more »

The Weekender: The Penelopiad, Canada’s Top Ten and five more events on our to... The Weekender: The Penelopiad, Canada’s Top Ten and five more events on our to-do list

1. THE PENELOPIAD Following last year’s acclaimed run, Nightwood Theatre’s production of The Penelopiad is back at Buddies in Bad Times. Written by Margaret Atwood as a response to Homer’s The Odyssey, this play’s all-female cast is led by Megan Follows (yes, of Anne of Green Gables fame), who stars as Odysseus’s wife Penelope as… Read more »

50 Most Influential 2012: a ranking of Toronto’s top tycoons, backroom operato... 50 Most Influential 2012: a ranking of Toronto’s top tycoons, backroom operators and supersize egos

The people driving the agenda for the city are more likely to come from outside local government than inside. This was the year our premier, rendered virtually impotent by a minority legislature, up and quit without warning. And our mayor, who listens to no one and refuses to build consensus on council, has created a… Read more »

The 10 best Toronto Halloween costumes this year (including what Karen Stintz an... The 10 best Toronto Halloween costumes this year (including what Karen Stintz and Margaret Atwood wore)

Although one Maple Leaf had trouble finding an appropriate Halloween costume, there were still plenty of great disguises this year. We rounded up the best of those donned by local politicians and celebrities, as well as our favourite Toronto-centric costumes from Twitter (including a baby dressed up in a Toronto Life–approved get-up).

Party Pages: Artists, philanthropists and Margaret Atwood at the Art of Time Ens... Party Pages: Artists, philanthropists and Margaret Atwood at the Art of Time Ensemble Salon

We’re fairly sure that having a piano quartet playing in the living room is a normal after-supper digestive for many Rosedale households. Having Gemini award-winner Nicholas Campbell read a monologue from the War of the Worlds, is likely more of a rarity. That experience, however, was part of the fifth annual Art of Time Ensemble Salon… Read more »

Money Talks: 10 Toronto celebrities who command five-figure speaking fees Money Talks: 10 Toronto celebrities who command five-figure speaking fees

Earlier this week, Wayne Gretzky was in town talking, oddly enough, about investment strategy. Apparently, The Great One isn’t only adept at stickhandling behind the net (his office, so to speak); he can also manage your stock portfolio. After all, in this age of Ted Talks and corporate retreats, one of the quickest and easiest… Read more »

What are the odds a Torontonian will win the Nobel Prize in Literature? Not grea... What are the odds a Torontonian will win the Nobel Prize in Literature? Not great

This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature doesn’t get announced until October, but London oddsmaker Ladbrokes is already setting off speculation in the book world as to which lucky scribbler will be heading to Oslo in the late fall to collect a medal. Yesterday, Ladbrokes released its list of likely candidates,  and Japanese… Read more »

Into the (Not So) Wild: our look at the summer camps of Toronto’s rich and fam... Into the (Not So) Wild: our look at the summer camps of Toronto’s rich and famous

By Andrew Wallace and Courtney Shea A sojourn to Northern Ontario used to mean grabbing a sleeping bag and a can of beans and roughing it in the woods, all in the name of character building. Today, high-end camps offer perks that sound like something out of a brochure for a four-star resort. Here, a… Read more »

A T-shirt emblazoned with Rob Ford flipping the bird sells for $7,100 on eBay A T-shirt emblazoned with Rob Ford flipping the bird sells for $7,100 on eBay

Last week, we told you about a T-shirt printed with a Rob Ford caricature and signed by Margaret Atwood that was up for sale on eBay. (It was a ploy to raise funds and attract attention to Fanado, a start-up Atwood founded that helps fans connect with artists). In the final hours of the auction yesterday,… Read more »

For sale: a T-shirt with Rob Ford flipping the finger, signed by Margaret Atwood For sale: a T-shirt with Rob Ford flipping the finger, signed by Margaret Atwood

Ever dream of sporting a caricature of Rob Ford flipping the bird, autographed by Margaret Atwood? The opportunity to do just that has arrived, thanks to an eBay user working on behalf of Atwood who is selling a T-shirt signed by the author and frequent Ford critic. The one-of-a-kind shirt is emblazoned with a striking image… Read more »