|Margaret Atwood grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College. The daughter of a forest entomologist, Atwood spent a large part of her childhood in the Canadian wilderness. At the age of six she began to write "poems, morality plays, comic books, and an unfinished novel about an ant." At 16 she found that writing was "...suddenly the only thing I wanted to do." Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and several honorary degrees. She is the author of more than 25 volumes of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including two children's books, and three volumes of short stories. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than 20 countries. She has traveled extensively and has lived in Boston, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Provence, Berlin, Edinburgh and Toronto. Her novel THE BLIND ASSASSIN won the Booker Prize in 2000.