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The Cover of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Sequel Has Been Revealed

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is even more popular and relevant than ever thanks to the critically acclaimed Hulu series of the same name, which is currently filming its third season. Now, Atwood is preparing a sequel more than thirty years after the original.


In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Atwood revealed the cover for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale that is unconnected to the current Hulu series. The new novel will focus on Offred’s journey after the events of the first novel and will be narrated by three female characters.


Atwood also posted the cover on her Twitter shortly after. The new cover uses a green design for the handmaids, a large contrast from the infamous red that the series is known for.


The Testaments is set to be released this September.



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Figures Show Political Unease Driving Staggering Book Sales

Explosive books lead to explosive sales, as British bookseller Waterstones can prove with whopping year-to-date figures: a 50% increase in political book revenue. The explanation? A frightened—and growing—mass of writers and readers “urgently seeking to understand this scary new world.” Though hot, controversial releases like Michael Wolff‘s Trump exposé Fire and Fury and Tim Shipman‘s Brexit commentary All Out War have been driving these sales, the relationship between divisive politics and modern literature is hardly a new phenomenon.


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These new figures are only a continuation of an ongoing trend, with political literature moving to the forefront after the “twin surprises” of 2016, Trump and Brexit. As early as January 25, 2017, just days after Trump formally took office, George Orwell‘s 1984 sales spiked as Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway infamously coined the phrase “alternative facts.” Many compared Conway’s comment to 1984‘s concept of “doublethink,” a relevant term to describe the acceptance of contradictory truths. While always a political text, activists continue to cite the book during protest, with signs such as “1984 is a work of fiction, not an instruction manual” grabbing headlines.



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Fear over restriction of women’s rights took hold early in the Trump administration, leading to a February 2017 spike in sales of Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood speaks to its timeless relevance: “when it first came out it was viewed as being far-fetched; however, when I wrote it I was making sure I wasn’t putting anything into it that human beings had not already done somewhere at some time.” In the wake of the #MeToo movement, works with similar themes have burst into the public consciousness. Naomi Alderman‘s prizewinning The Power depicts a reality in which women have the power to cause pain by violence and consequently live without fear. 


“What the raw numbers don’t communicate,” comments Waterstones politics buyer Clement Knox, “is a larger belief permeating through the publishing world that the present poses questions that must be addressed and that writers have an obligation to turn their attention to those questions.”




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The World’s Biggest Authors, Including George R.R. Martin, Auction In-Book Appearances for Charity

Everyone wants to see their name in lights… but what about in the pages of an international bestseller? Famous crime novelist Lee Child is auctioning off a chance for you to become a character in next year’s installment of his wildly popular Jack Reacher series (you can start with Killing Floor). Child isn’t the only one, joined in the auction by The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood. Pop culture legend George R.R. Martin has also sold readers the chance to die grisly on-page deaths in his fantasy saga (for $20,000 apiece). The best part? It’s all for a good cause.



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Martin specifically gave his proceeds to a New Mexico wolf sanctuary (let’s hope these wolves actually survived his care…) while Child has international charitable goals. All proceeds will go to Freedom From Torture, an organization dedicated to justice and rehabilitation for torture victims. Joining Child and Atwood in their offers are fellow Man Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes and Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 winner Kamila Shamsie. If you’ve got the cash to spare, you could appear as a character in one of their books. If you’re lucky, you might even have some control over how your debut goes down!



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There are no guarantees, but the character may actually resemble you, according to The Sense of an Ending author Julian Barnes. A prior participant in the auction, Barnes has said that your portrayal will almost definitely be sympathetic… unless you’d prefer to be a little more villainous! Maybe you want to see how you’d fare fighting crime and hanging out in the storied halls of literature. If you’re interested in participating and are unable to attend the November 15 London auction, place your bids remotely here.



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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Wine Is Weird And You Know It

The Handmaid’s Tale has made me want a drink on more than one occasion and my dream of doing this ended just as swiftly as it began yesterday. Women may not be able to buy happiness, especially once the Gilead government revokes all rights of women, but at least I can buy a $40 bottle of wine inspired by their oppression, pain, and suffering!  


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Limited edition wine distributer Lot18 announced Tuesday morning that they’d be releasing a  trio of wines inspired by the characters of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name. Not only were they inspired by the “bold characters” of Atwood’s novel and corresponding Hulu adaptation, but they were also inspired by the violently oppressed and traumatic experiences they’ve all been through, apparently. 


Lot18 described the Offred-inspired wine as “rich and complex” with the wine being so smooth and appealing, “you may as well give in.” References to state-sanctioned abuse have never seemed so appealing! Ofglen’s wine is even more enticing with a description of “pleasure and enjoyment may be forbidden…but it can certainly be found in this memorable wine.” With the FGM, and her experiences at a labor camp, it sounds like Ofglen could use a glass of her own wine. The final wine in the set was inspired by Serena Joy which was described as “sophisticated, traditional and austere,” just like her expressionless face during the show’s ritualized assault scenes.


The wine set is certainly not the first time that The Handmaid’s Tale merchandise has created controversy. Just earlier this year, an elite women’s co-working space, The Wing, posted an image with a matchbox with the words “I am free” on its side. Alongside it, a hot pink notebook with a line from an Atwood poem: “A word after a word after a word is power.” 



The irony in the pink-washed partnership between The Wing and Hulu to promote The Handmaid’s Tale lies in the total disconnect between the show’s promotion and the deeper meaning of the show. The Wing promotes an elite Girl Boss aesthetic along with its aesthetic accompaniments. From their Instagram, The Wing exemplifies the alpha Girl Boss mindset with images of launch parties, hot pink pens, and signature cocktails. The exclusive and prestigious cloud that The Wing lives in disguises Atwood’s message. Women’s independence is fragile, despite what a matchbook may boast.


The point of the matter is that no matter how many ways the iconic red capes and crisp bonnets are redesigned and slapped onto various products, including wine, they’ll never be cool. As the world seems to edge closer and closer to Gilead every day, these products make that arrival feel less serious. 


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