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From a park bench on the Victoria College campus, Margaret Atwood -- class of 1961 -- can trace her life of the mind.Just months shy of her 80th birthday; the longtime Toronto resident has otherwise never been more noticed. She has written the year's most anticipated novel, "The Testaments," the sequel to her classic "The Handmaid's Tale" and a Booker Prize finalist. In December, Atwood will be honored in New York by the Center for Fiction, which has given its first ever On Screen Award to her and to Hulu executives for the Emmy-winning adaptation of "The Handmaid's Tale". Atwood has written more than 40 books -- novels, story collections, essays and poems -- and her awards include the Booker Prize for "The Blind Assassin" and Canada's Giller Prize for "Alias Grace"."The Handmaid's Tale," published in 1985, is well settled alongside "1984," "The Origins of Totalitarianism" and others in the canon of books warning us how bad bad can be. As Atwood likes to point out, everything in "The Handmaid's Tale" either has happened or could happen.
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