In 1985, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was published and was acclaimed by both readers and critics alike. The book has since become a modern classic, and is essential reading for its themes of feminism, oppression, and politics. More than 30 years after it’s publication, Atwood has announced that a sequel The Testaments will be released, and to celebrate the publication of this highly anticipated new book, Atwood will be broadcast live in cinemas across the world.
The Testaments is set to be released on September 10, and will pick up from where The Handmaid’s Tale left off. To celebrate this enormous event, cinemas across the world will be showing a live broadcast of the book’s launch in London. The event will be filmed live at the stage of the National Theatre in London and live-streamed to cinemas around the world.
Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed, in a conversation that will cover Atwood’s career, her works, and why she feels now is the time to return to her groundbreaking story.
The launch will include readings from the new book, and Atwood will be joined by a host of special guests. Atwood herself said in a statement: “I am delighted that the launch of The Testaments will take place not only in London on 10th September, but also by live-streaming to over 1000 cinemas around the world. I can’t be in all the places at once in my analogue body, but I look forward to being with so many readers via the big screen.”
If you’re interested in watching the launch then you can check out this website to find tickets to a screening near you.