MARGARET ATWOOD TO TOUR CANADA TO PROMOTE THE HANDMAID’S TALE SEQUEL, THE TESTAMENTS

The tour includes nine Canadian stops and a screening of the launch event at more than 100 cinemas across Canada.

Margaret Atwood poses for a photo as she promotes Alias Grace at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Margaret Atwood will be taking her anticipated novel The Testaments, a sequel to her 1985 book The Handmaid’s Tale, on a worldwide tour this September.

The tour includes nine Canadian stops and a screening of the launch event at more than 100 cinemas across Canada.

The Testaments is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale and includes the “explosive testaments” of three women.

Atwood has teased that the book will answer readers’ questions on the inner-workings of Gilead, the oppressive dystopia where Offred, the novel’s original narrator, was stripped of her freedoms and forced to be a handmaid for powerful men.

The Handmaid’s Tale won the 1985 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and has been adapted several times, including into the current Emmy-winning television series and as a graphic novel by B.C. comic artist Renee Nault.

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