What do the novel The Edible Woman, the LongPen device, and the chamber opera Pauline have in common?

What do the novel The Edible Woman, the LongPen device, and the chamber opera Pauline have in common?

The Edible Woman

The Edible WomanThe Edible Woman is a novel first published in 1969. It is the story of Marian who works in a market research company and has a dependable but boring boyfriend named Peter. Following her engagement, Marian’s sane, structured, and consumer-oriented world starts to slip out of focus. She starts bestowing food with human qualities, a development which causes her to identify with and unable to eat food. As the story progresses, Marian finds herself unable to savor and enjoy more and more kinds of food, while slowly realizing she is also gradually losing her identity.

LongPen

The LongPen is a remote signing device that allows a person to remotely write and sign documents in ink anywhere in the world where an Internet connection is available. It also allows for two people to hold a conversation, as in a fan and an author, while a book is being signed. This device brings together several technologies including video conferencing, mobile devices, and the Internet.

LongPen
LongPen

Pauline

Pauline is a chamber opera in two acts composed by Tobin Stokes. The opera was commissioned by the City Opera of Vancouver. It is based on the final days in the life of the Canadian writer and performer Pauline Johnson.

Portrait of the poet and writer Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) which appeared in a posthumous publication of her poem
Pauline Johnson, on whose life the opera is based

So what do the novel The Edible Woman, the LongPen device, and the chamber opera Pauline have in common?

Margaret Atwood

The Edible Woman was written by famous Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was her first novel, which helped to establish her as a writer of major significance. Although she is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction, she resists the suggestion that her novels, specifically the oft-mentioned The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake are science fiction, and prefers to classify them as speculative fiction

But the designation persists. In fact, her 2015 novel The Heart Goes Last was included in Goodread‘s Best Science Fiction Books of 2015.  

Margaret Atwood
Author Margaret Atwood at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. Photograph by Larry D. Moore.

Margaret Atwood also conceptualized and developed the idea of the LongPen. She got the idea at 4 o’clock one spring morning in 2004, while she was in Denver catching a plane to Salt Lake City, as part of the paperback tour for her novel Oryx and Crake. She actually holds several patents related to this technology. In 2004, she founded Syngrafii, a company that develops, produces and distributes the LongPen technology. 

Margaret Atwood also wrote the libretto of the chamber opera Pauline. It was her debut as an opera librettist.

Margaret Atwood is best known for her work as a novelist, but she has also published fifteen books of poetry, as well as short stories in different magazines. Apart from being a writer, she was also an inventor.

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Products mentioned in this post:

Syngrafii LongPen Printer

Links to Amazon pages
 The Edible Woman The Handmaid’s Tale Oryx and Crake The Heart Goes Last
A Few Reviews
 The Edible Woman The Handmaid’s Tale Oryx and Crake The Heart Goes Last
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