Margaret Atwood is the first author to sign on for the The Future Library project. Created by artist Kate Paterson, The Guardian writes, “Each year, the Future Library trust, made up of literary experts–and Paterson, while she’s alive–will name another ‘outstanding’ writer who will be contributing to the artwork.”
The trust is banking on readers of the next century consuming these stories in print. 1,000 trees were planted in Nordmarka, Norway to be used for the paper on which each book will be printed. “A printing press will be placed in the library to make sure those in charge in 2114 have the capability of printing books on paper,” the article explains.
As part of the contract, invited writers cannot reveal what they will be writing for their 2114 readers. Atwood said of the project, “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?'”