If you don’t live in Canada, now’s the time to research airfare.
Margaret Atwood will read from the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale at select literary events in her native country as part of the book tour surrounding its release.
Throughout September and early October of this year, Atwood will make several stops around Canada to read from The Testaments and answer audience questions. Atwood apparently takes the concerns of her readers into serious consideration, as she has stated in the past that her readers’ questions helped inspire the sequel.
From Penguin Random House Canada:
“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood
The sequel will take place fifteen years after the final scene of the first novel and will be narrated by several female characters.
Atwood may have announced her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, on Twitter in November of 2018, but more devoted fans have been waiting for a continuation of the dystopian tale since 1985, when The Handmaid’s Tale was first published.
Since its publication, The Handmaid’s Tale has inspired a hit TV series and even a full-length opera (which has since returned to the stage) with an original score, not to mention countless cultural references and spinoffs. The opera has made something of a landmark of Harvard University’s Lavietes Pavilion — the actual gymnasium where the handmaids are held, and where the real-life opera is staged.
There’s no guarantee that The Testaments will reach the same heights of fame as its predecessor, but if the latter is anything to go by, then the sequel will certainly receive plenty of attention. Furthermore, given the resurgence of The Handmaid’s Tale in light of the #MeToo movement, The Testaments is expected to address similarly prescient topics in human rights and women’s sexual rights.
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