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Margaret Atwood's latest work to be released in 2114

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(Read caption) Belarusian workers gather birch sap with plastic bags in a field near the village of Belitsa in Belarus. Birch is one of the kinds of trees that are found in Nordmarka Forest, where artist Katie Paterson is creating her Future Library project.

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Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood has a new work coming out – but don’t get too excited just yet, Atwood fans.

The writer is reportedly part of the project the Future Library, where one author every year will write something that will then be stored for 100 years. Katie Paterson of Scotland, who is an artist, came up with the idea and planted 1,000 trees in Norway. In the year 2114, they will all be cut down for paper on which to print the stored works and make them available to be perused.

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Until that time, whatever Atwood has written will be stored in the Deichmanske public library in Oslo, which will open in 2018. The title will be shown there but not the actual work. 

According to the Guardian, literary experts and Paterson herself will select one writer a year to join the project. The group will also make sure that the works are printed in 2114 and that the trees are taken care of until then.

Atwood told the Guardian that the idea of the project was nostalgic for her.

“I think it goes right back to that phase of our childhood when we used to bury little things in the backyard, hoping that someone would dig them up, long in the future, and say, 'How interesting, this rusty old piece of tin, this little sack of marbles is. I wonder who put it there?'" she said.

She told the Guardian she considered the fact that she wouldn’t be there when her work was critiqued “a pleasure.”

“You don't have to be around for the part when if it's a good review the publisher takes credit for it and if it's a bad review it's all your fault,” she said. “And why would I believe them anyway?”

Meanwhile, in a statement, Paterson said that Atwood contributing to her project was “her dream,” according to the Toronto Star.

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"I imagine her words growing through the trees, an unseen energy, activated and materialized, the tree rings becoming chapters in a book," she said.


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