The Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood Is Writing a Sequel, And She’s Here To Talk About It

World-renowned author Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. She will be speaking at Dartmouth College (Spaulding Auditorium) this week, Thursday April 18 at 4:30 p.m.

Her 1985 novel was made known to newer generations of women and men when it was adapted for television in an Emmy-winning series of the same name. The red garb with white hood has become a visual symbol in the struggle for women’s reproductive rights, prompting many protestors to adopt it during demonstrations against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s most recent nominee (now sitting Justice) to the United States Supreme Court.

Atwood’s presentation is sponsored by the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth. In its press release, the Institute observed: “With her 1985 novel  back on the bestsellers lists and its television adaptation awarded eight Emmy Awards, it seems Atwood’s sharp eye is more necessary—and prescient—than ever.”

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The Handmaid’s Tale terrified me when I read it almost 35 years ago. I will be among the first in line to read the sequel. 

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 Susan B. Apel is a writer and retired law professor whose creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in a variety of literary journals such as Vine Leaves, Best of Vine Leaves 2015, the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Literary Mama, and Persimmon Tree. Her blog, ArtfulEdge, appears regularly on the DailyUV. She has published reviews in Art New England, Vermont Art Guide, and Boston’s The Arts Fuse. She is an Art Correspondent for The Woven Tale Press and a columnist for the newspaper, Vermont Woman. She lives in Lebanon, NH.

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