In personal news…meeting someone one admires can be an exercise in disappointment. How often do legends exceed our expectations? I had the great privilege of spending some time with Margaret Atwood when I was in Toronto recently and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. She is brilliant, witty, erudite, full of surprises and profoundly generous. I recently reread her historical novel Alias Grace, which is astounding, and she reminded me that Netflix recently released a series based on the novel, with which she was very happy. I was also lucky to be in the company of the penetratingly intelligent literary critic Amy Brady and the eminent professor Everett Hamner, as well as Cosima Herter (not pictured here, as she was taking the photo), writer for Orphan Black and Snowpiercer, who is, like Margaret Atwood, a truly unforgettable talent.