Canada Post unveils stamp featuring Margaret Atwood

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Canadian writer Margaret Atwood next to a Canada Post special stamp in her honor on November 25, 2021 in Toronto.Nathan Dennett / The Canadian Press

Canadian author Margaret Atwood says being the face of a new postage stamp has made her the envy of all her friends, even if some are disappointed that she lives to accept the honour.

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Canada Post on Thursday released a commemorative postage stamp celebrating the literary legend at an event in Toronto, which included speeches by filmmaker Sarah Polley and activist Sita Ramkhalavansingh.

The stamp features a photo of Atwood holding her hand to her face, with her famous line “a word after a word after a word is power” repeated in the background.

Atwood told the crowd at the Toronto Reference Library that the tribute has inspired “stamp envy” among his peers, with one saying, “You’re not dead yet.”

The 82-year-old noted that a lot of live publishers are featured on the Canadian Post, but said he doubted that fact would fuel outrage about his “lack of death”.

One of Canada’s most prolific and decorated authors, Atwood’s bibliography includes more than 50 books of poetry, fiction, criticism, essays and graphic novels.

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