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Margaret Atwood revisits totalitarian fears in her new book ‘The Testaments'

As we approach a spooky time of the year (no, I’m not referring to the U.S. election season) we may be finding ourselves slowly drawn towards unnerving but entertaining cautionary tales.

One of those stories just may be the award-winning TV show The Handmaid’s Tale based on the best-selling novel by author Margaret Atwood.

In this talk, Atwood is joined in a virtual conversation with the author and "Dear Sugars host Cheryl Strayed. They discuss Atwood’s inspirations and sources for her work while addressing a few connections readers of her novels are making with the world today

Atwood also discusses her latest novel The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. The book follows three women and the choices they make to fight for what they believe in. The novel continues in the tradition of its predecessor by featuring some of Atwood’s most iconic themes of identity, religion, climate change, and "power politics."

Margaret Atwood is an award-winning author. In 2019, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature.

Cheryl Strayed, is the author of the best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, she also is the host of the New York Times hit podcast, Sugar Calling and also Dear Sugars.

This talk was presented via live stream by Seattle Arts & Lectures on September 9.