Margaret Atwood has yet another award to add to her literary accolades. The Toronto author and activist has won the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize, which honours champions of free speech. She is the third novelist to win the award, which opened this year for the first time to writers from the Commonwealth. Atwood says in a press release that she’s “humbled” by the honour, having worked with Harold Pinter, the prize’s namesake, in the late 1980s.
Judging panel chair and English PEN president Maureen Freely says in the release:
In a profession dominated by careerists who are content to tend to their own gardens, Margaret Atwood is the shining exception. She does not just stand up for her principles: in novel after novel, she has put them to the test. What she does as a campaigner has only served to deepen her work as a writer of fiction. She is an inspiration to us all.
Atwood will receive the award at the British Library on Oct. 13, where she will also deliver a keynote address and announce the winner of the 2015 International Writer of Courage.