MARGARET ATWOOD TALKS THE TESTAMENTS AND TAKING ON CRITICS ON TWITTER

'You're going to get criticism for stuff you do from somebody, no matter what it is'

Canadian author Margaret Atwood answers a question from broadcaster Nam Kiwanuka during a chat alongside Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey in Toronto Tuesday. (Cole Burston/Canadian Press)

Toxic and negative discourse can plague social media, but for Margaret Atwood decades as a writer in the public eye has helped steel her to criticism.

“I once got a hate letter from somebody who objected to how much I laughed on a radio show. You’re going to get criticism for stuff you do from somebody, no matter what it is,” the CanLit icon noted in Toronto Tuesday.

“The thing I say to young writers is: ‘Not everybody is going to like you or your book, so toughen up because that is going to happen.”

The award-winning author and activist shared the stage Tuesday afternoon with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey at an hourlong discussion moderated by TVO broadcaster Nam Kiwanuka.

When faced with criticism on social media, Atwood said she considers several questions.

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