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Fans of the dystopian fiction novel-turned-television phenomenon, The Handmaid’s Tale, should mark their calendars for this momentous event.

Prominent Canadian poet and author Margaret Atwood will be visiting Victoria on September 27th, 2019 to discuss the release of her new book, The Testaments.

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This long awaited novel is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, which was originally published in 1985.

Testaments is set 15 years after the events of the original novel and follows three new handmaids as they journey through Atwood’s dystopia that “looks ever more familiar”.

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in,” said Atwood in a pre-book release statement.

The novel is slated to be released on September 10th, and just a few weeks later, Atwood will be joining University of Victoria Chancellor and CBC host Shelagh Rogers at the University Centre’s Farquhar Auditorium to discuss its contents.

Each ticket includes a copy of The Testaments, although Atwood is not expected to be signing them at this event.

Margaret Atwood In Conversation with Shelagh Rogers

  • When: September 27th, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd
  • Admission: Tickets cost $45 each. They’re available in person at the UVic Ticket Centre, over the phone at (250) 721-8480 or online at tickets.uvic.ca.

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