Margaret Atwood is stopping in Victoria during a Canada-wide tour celebrating the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. (Twitter/McClelland & Stewart)

Margaret Atwood coming to UVic to discuss ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel

‘The Testaments’ comes 34 years after release of famous novel, now a Hulu series

Just in time for the release of the much-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Canadian author Margaret Atwood will be in Victoria to discuss the new book with local fans.

Atwood’s long-awaited sequel, The Testaments, follows the Hulu adaptation of her 1985 novel, the Handmaid’s Tale, which depicts a dystopian future where a totalitarian, patriarchal state comes into power after overthrowing the American Government.

The “Sons of Jacob,” a religious fundamentalist group, relegates women to specific roles including Marthas (cooks and maids), commander’s wives’ (those married to society’s powerful men) and handmaids (child-bearing women).

The Handmaid’s Tale follows the story of Offred, a handmaid who suffers deeply under the new regime, and fights back against its patriarchal leaders.

Atwood’s sequel comes to readers this September, 34 years after the first novel was released.

“I think it’s going to be one of the big books of the fall for sure,” said Jessica Walker, co-owner of Victoria-based Munro’s Books. “[The Handmaid’s Tale] has so many things that align with current politicial events in the world.”

Walker noted that Atwood was in Victoria in 2013 after the release of MaddAddam – the final novel in the author’s dystopian Oryx and Crake triology – and the event sold out.

“Atwood has been such an open commentator … and so smart and funny that people really enjoy hearing her take on things,” Walker said. “Despite being primarily known as a novelist, she is also a great social commentator.”

READ ALSO: Margaret Atwood to write sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Walker said the story of the Handmaid’s Tale was reinvigorated by the Hulu adaption, but noted that the book resonated with women when it was released in the 80s’, and still resonates with herself and other young readers today.

“A full generation later, people are so invested in the story.”

Margaret Atwood will be in Victoria Sept. 27 at the University of Victoria’s University Centre Farquhar Auditorium at 8 p.m.

The event is put on by PenguinRandomHouse in partnership with Munro’s Books. Tickets for an evening with Margaret Atwood are scheduled to go online in June and will be available at munrobooks.com.

READ ALSO: Canadians unaware of accomplishments of famous women, poll suggests

READ ALSO: The Handmaid’s Tale, Veep win top Emmy Award prizes



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Rain raises water levels in Cowichan Lake

Possibility that pumps could be shut down soon

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

Victoria author nominated for prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize

Steven Price’s book, Lampedusa, is a historical fiction novel about an an Italian author

Do surveys and referendums work for our democracy?

Direct democracy in the form of surveys and referendum is at odds with western liberal democracy

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Oak Bay father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

Videos show allegedly intoxicated teens forcibly removed from Luxton Fairgrounds

Posts about altercations with security personnel in Langford swarming social media

VIDEO: Angry B.C. cyclist starts shaming dangerous drivers online

‘You motorists deserve all your costs and misery’

‘Time to take action:’ Children advocates call for national youth suicide strategy

Council wants Ottawa to make reporting of suicides and attempted suicides mandatory for data collection

Islander honoured for 56 volunteer international aid missions

Former Parksville principal Bill Rawlins receives Sovereign’s Medal from Governor General

Canadian inflation decelerates to 1.9% as gas prices weaken

August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher

New short-film festival spotlights the weird and wonderfully macabre

Foggy Isle Film Festival happens Sept. 26 at the Victoria Event Centre

UPDATED: Hundreds gather to reflect and remember UVic students killed in bus crash

Campus community invited to reflect, support one another

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Most Read