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Margaret Atwood to publish new book of essays

Margaret Atwood (Shannon Ross)

Margaret Atwood has a new book coming out next year.

McClelland & Stewart announced that they expect to publish Atwood’s next book, Burning Questions: Essays 2004‒2021, in March 2022. The collection of essays is described as a search for answers to “burning questions” such as “How much of yourself can you give away without evaporating?” and “What do zombies have to do with authoritarianism?”

In the book’s more than 50 pieces, M&S says Atwood will examine topics from debt to tech, the climate crisis to freedom, how to define granola, and when to give advice to the young.

“It’s been a wild ride so far, the 21st century. Many of the questions that have been smouldering for decades have now burst into flames. Unless we can answer them, quickly and effectively, so will we,” Atwood said in a release.

Atwood is the award-winning author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, and essays, including Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, and The Handmaid’s Tale. In November 2020, she published Dearly, her first collection of poetry in a decade. A few months earlier, she was awarded the 2020 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, a lifetime achievement award from the U.S.-based Dayton Literary Peace Prize.