Margaret Atwood, author of The Blind Assassin, answered 1book140 followers' questions in a live chat Tuesday afternoon. She discussed what inspired her Booker prize-winning novel, why she's so fascinated by buttons, how she came up with the characters' names, why she chose the book's unusual narrative structure, and more. Here are some highlights from the hour-long chat:
Atwood began the conversation by posting two illustrations:
As promised, here is Peach Women of Aa'A...
And here is a somewhat out of proportion Lizard Man of Xenor...
And then answered a series of reader questions:
@leahcstewart asked about the "original spark" for the book:
@TheCinemaGirl asked if Atwood sees the novel as a mystery:
@saburi209 asked what inspired the novel's unusual narrative structure:
@ellyconnolly asked Atwood if she had a favorite character:
@1book140 asked how Atwood comes up with the names in her books:
@1book140_Q: I do use tepephone books to make sure the person doesn't actually exist in that place! Gravestones re: period patterns in names
@1book140_Q re: names: e.g, Iris and Laura were born during a spate of flower & plant names, though their names have other uses as well.
@KymmInBarcelona asked about the long description of the button factory in Part VIII, inspiring a long response from Atwood:
@bundleofbooks asked if the book will ever be turned into a movie:
See all the tweets in the live chat at #1b140_q.