Margaret Atwood has fun with Nature Canada bookmarks

I’m back from Toronto, where I attended Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood performance Thursday night — another packed house, this time in the beautiful St. James Anglican church, where 1,100 people enjoyed Atwood’s innovative “hybrid” book reading: part theatre, part musical, part narration.

The Year of the Flood performances have been a terrific opportunity to raise awareness about Nature Canada and our bird conservation work. Margaret has been eager to encourage others to learn more about us — singling us out from the stage at the beginning of each performance, and even personally inserting a brochure and bookmark into every copy of her book during the book-signing.
Here are a few (fuzzy) pictures of Margaret and I holding the Nature Canada bookmarks — they were a big hit among her fans!

Here’s Margaret Atwood having fun with one of our bookmarks… And here’s the packed house inside St. James, waiting for the show to start.

We also had a chance to pass out fact sheets about our Important Bird Area Program, and some of the local projects we support. Margaret, who has been maintaining a blog and a twitter account during her tour, was kind enough to post them online here.
The tour arrives in Calgary on Tuesday, and continues on to Vancouver October 1. Both stops are fundraisers for Nature Canada. Her tour wraps up in Sudbury November 19.