Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, entitled The Testaments, hits bookstore shelves Sept. 10. The famed Canadian author is at UVic’s Farquhar Auditorium for a talk and Q&A on Sept. 27. Collage courtesy Munro’s Books

Margaret Atwood talks Handmaid’s Tale sequel at UVic

Sold-out Sept. 27 event illustrates iconic Canadian author’s popularity in literary haven of Victoria

It took more than 30 years, and not a little prodding from fans and others, but legendary Canadian author Margaret Atwood has written a sequel to her 1985 award-winning dystopian story The Handmaid’s Tale.

So it may not come as a surprise to literary fans that the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium will be full Sept. 27 when the literary icon is hosted for a Q&A about her new book, The Testaments. Atwood’s career spans four decades and with renewed hype over The Handmaid’s Tale – thanks to the Emmy Award-winning television adaption – she is arguably at the biggest point in her career.

READ ALSO: Victoria book store begins challenge of moving 500,000 books

Sitting “in conversation” with CBC’s Shelagh Rogers, the famed Canadian author will answer questions about The Testaments as she tours across Canada and the U.S. The Victoria stop is hosted by Munro’s Books.

The Testaments hits bookstore shelves on Sept. 10, with Atwood hosting a release event at midnight in London, U.K. Fans can watch the event at various Cineplex theatres.

The book’s plot revolves around the point of views of three handmaids, 15 years after the end of the first book. Atwood has Tweeted that her inspiration for the sequel was partly “the world we currently live in” and she told the Los Angeles Times last fall she’s been working on the idea for the past five years or so.

While the 90-minute speaking engagement is officially sold out, watch Munro’s Facebook page for a chance to win tickets. If you’re attempting to purchase tickets outside the usual outlets, follow UVic’s guidelines here to avoid disappointment.



editor@mondaymag.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Land sale could threaten Shirley’s water supply: officials

Sale will allow for the subdivision and development of forestry lands

Spandads group collects, donates more than 100 used bikes

Oak Bay Bikes’ advent calendar donations go to fixing the used bikes

320 years since the ‘Big One’ doesn’t mean it’s overdue: Canada Research Chair

‘It could happen today, tomorrow or 100 years from now’

Night construction means closures for Interurban Road

Traffic interruptions at Interurban Road near Wilkinson Road from Dec. 9 to 20

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

No reports yet of Canadians affected by New Zealand volcano eruption, feds say

Missing and injured included tourists from the U.S., China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia

Vancouver Island blues musician’s mother’s home burglarized and ransacked

David Gogo’s 71-year-old mother has jewelry and artwork stolen in break-in

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

In surprise move, defence won’t call witnesses for accused in Abbotsford school killing

‘Change of instructions’ results in defence closing case without calling evidence

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Most Read