The Tent (Atwood book)

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The Tent is a book by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 2006. Although classified with Atwood’s short fiction, The Tent has been characterized as an “experimental”[1] collection of “fictional essays"[2] or “mini-fictions.”[3] The work also incorporates line drawings by Atwood.

The collection features themes familiar in Atwood’s works, including a feminist portrayal of “national” childhood, the burdens of fame, and the reworking of Classical mythology.

Several of the pieces included in The Tent were previously published to benefit a variety of organizations, the royalties being donated to the World Wildlife Federation, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Earthquake Charities, the Hay-On-Wye Festival in Wales, and the Harbourfront Reading Series in Toronto.[4]

  1. ^ Wiersema, Robert (Sep 24, 2006), "Three's the charm: It's Margaret Atwood's third book in a year -- and her most powerful", The Ottawa Citizen: C. 1. Fro 
  2. ^ Blais, Jacqueline (May 20, 2007), "Summer lovin'; During those lazy, crazy, hazy days, nothing beats kicking back with a good read, whether it's the latest in literature or a juicy guilty pleasure", Calgary Herald: C. 1. Fro 
  3. ^ Helm, Richard (Jan 23, 2007), "Atwood sounds the alarm: Author and conservationist reads the doomsday clock", Edmonton Journal: D. 1. Fro 
  4. ^ Caple, Natalee (Jan 21, 2006), "Writing Life: Atwood collects 'bite-sized' mini-fictions in The Tent", Calgary Herald: F. 1. Fro