For scaring the hell out of the patriarchy: Ask anyone how similar the plot of Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale mirrors life in 2017 and you’ll get a lot of uncomfortable laughter in response. And the TV adaptation, which hit the small screen in April — and won eight Emmys — wasn’t even Atwood’s only shining moment this year. Sarah Polley directed her own spin on another characteristically dark Atwood work, Alias Grace, which came out in September. Less maudlin, but equally Atwoodian? Wandering Wenda, the author’s newly released children’s cartoon. —K.U.