The most exciting literary release of the year is almost upon us... 34 years after the publication of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood is bringing us her highly-anticipated but utterly unexpected sequel The Testaments.
It comes at a time when the real world is growing increasingly more unstable and shocking. A time when women are still fighting for true equality, ownership of their own bodies and getting their voices heard. Atwood prefaces the new book with '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.'
The Testaments is released on 10th September and we're pretty sure you've already got it pre-ordered. But wouldn't it be great to celebrate your excitement at an event with fellow die-hard Atwood fans? If you're lucky enough to have grabbed a ticket to Margaret's sold-out in conversation event at London's National Theatre, you're in for a treat. However, do not despair - there are plenty more launch events around the country to attend!
Margaret is returning to the UK in late October with two more in conversation events. The first is in Birmingham and the second on 30th October in Oxford. Featuring readings from special guests, this will be your opportunity to listen to thoughts on The Testaments and hear Atwood discuss her career.
Celebrating The Testaments with Sophie Mackintosh, Luiza Sauma and Lisa Appignanesi | 10th September, 6:30pm, Waterstones Hampstead
Join the conversation at Waterstones Hampstead with authors Sophie Mackintosh and Luiza Sauma who have both taken inspiration from Atwood for their own feminist dystopian novels. They'll be talking to Lisa Appignanesi about the importance of The Testaments in the world today and Atwood's legacy.
The Testaments launch - Handmaid's Breakfast | 10th September, 8:00am, Waterstones Leeds
Grab your copy of The Testaments as soon as the doors open and celebrate with breakfast! Many branches of Waterstones will be opening early on release day so take a look at what's going on at your local shop!
The Dystopian Novel and the Future of Gilead | 29th August, 6:00pm, Waterstones Northallerton
Come and discuss your thoughts on The Handmaid's Tale, your predictions for The Testaments and get 20% off your pre-order!
This unmissable one-off book club event will feature dystopian discussions, feminist marches and cocktails. Cosplay with something red and join the revolution!
Live Cinema Broadcast of the launch of The Testaments | 10th September, 7:30pm, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
You will be able to watch a live broadcast of Atwood's conversation with Samira Ahmed at the National Theatre at a cinema near you. Visit your local Waterstones branch or cinema to find out more!