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The Testaments

The Testaments is a sequel to Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale.

Margaret Atwood

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When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. 
 
With The Testaments, the wait is over. 

Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. (From Penguin Random House Canada)

The Testaments is on the shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize and the longlist for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Atwood is a celebrated Canadian writer who has published fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics. Her acclaimed books include The Handmaid's TaleAlias GraceOryx and Crake and The Edible Woman. She has won several awards for her work including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Man Booker Prize. She is also a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Writers' Trust of Canada.

Interviews with Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood talks to Shelagh Rogers about The Testaments, the highly anticipated sequel to her 1985 bestseller, The Handmaid's Tale. 18:59
Margaret Atwood had notes about a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale that date back to the early 1990s, but didn't notify her publishers until 2017. For those intervening decades, she wrestled with the idea. She talks to Laura Lynch about her new novel The Testaments. 24:52
Margaret Atwood reveals what she would do differently with The Handmaid's Tale, and how it's relevance changed after the U.S. election 22:47
Once synonymous with Canadian literature, Margaret Atwood is now a household name for kids and TV lovers alike 2:33
Michael Enright interviewed Margaret Atwood at a fundraiser for The Literary Review of Canada. 19:02
… we young writers of Canada?" That's a question Margaret Atwood asked in a recent lecture presented at the Canadian Literature Centre. Highlights from Margaret Atwood’s talk and a conversation with Paul Kennedy. 54:00
In her keynote address at the Restorying Canada conference, Margaret Atwood muses on how religion has affected our notions of utopia and dystopia, in fiction and in real life. 23:44

More about Margaret Atwood

In this video from the CBC Archives, Margaret Atwood talks about where culture meets country. 1:18
Atwood takes the literary stage with her critically acclaimed poetry. 2:47

More about The Testaments

London rolled out the red carpet for the Canadian literary legend. We look at the real events inspiring Margaret Atwood's latest book. 2:01
Excitement around Margaret Atwood’s sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, has reached Harry Potter levels of buzz, says Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne. But should you read it? 1:49
Day 6 books columnist Becky Toyne reviews Margaret Atwood's latest novel, The Testaments. 7:18

Other books by Margaret Atwood

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