Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Margaret Atwood on her novel Oryx and Crake being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's best known literary award. Ms. Atwood, who won the Booker Prize just three years ago for The Blind Assassin, is the only Canadian among the six finalists. In the past, she has also been nominated for the Booker Prize for her unforgettable novels,
The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace .
I know that Canadians will be thinking of Ms. Atwood on October 14 when the prize is announced in London.
This is a good reminder of the quality of Canadian literature. What better time than today to pick up a book by one of Canada's authors. I encourage all members in the House of Commons as well as all Canadians to do just that.