If ominous messages from literary giants are your thing, you’ll want to pick up the Fall issue of Time Magazine, which features Canada’s own Margaret Atwood on one of its covers. Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Murphy are the other cover stars for the season, but Atwood’s interview reveals some juicy information about what she has coming up next.
— TIME (@TIME) September 3, 2019
With the success of the book and series The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood is now satisfying fans with a new book called The Testaments. This new novel promises to resolve mysteries that arose with Handmaids, and that’s pretty much all the world knows about it.
Atwood’s Time feature details the closely-guarded secrecy surrounding the plot of The Testaments — fakers posing as book agents tried to snag digital copies, so Atwood’s publisher decided to release rare copies under false names, such as The Casements. The unveiling of The Testaments sounds just as grandiose — with a release date of Sept. 10, Atwood will introduce her new book to the world through a live stage interview in London, which will be streamed to over 1000 theatres around the world. Atwood is also slated to tour Canada in September to mark the release, with nine stops across the country.
We also get to learn more about her life as it is today. A neighbour told Atwood she’s known as the “wicked witch” of the Toronto area she calls home. Her partner Graeme Gibson is living with dementia which puts Atwood into caregiver mode alongside her literary career; and while she doesn’t have any specific writing ritual, she tends to write wherever she won’t be interrupted: she wrote The Testaments while Gibson slept during a ship voyage to Australia.
As the launch of the sequel draws near, fans are waiting with bated breath, including fellow scribe Stephen King:
My new book, THE INSTITUTE, is published September 10th. Hopefully you’ll pick up a copy at your local bookstore, and while you’re at it, how about picking up THE TESTAMENTS, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to THE HANDMAID’S TALE? You’ll win double.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 2, 2019
While Atwood’s book fans await The Testaments, her TV fans are anticipating season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale. The show announced a fourth season back in July, and we’ve been digging for clues ever since. Harper’s Bazaar reports a few juicy tidbits of info, like the fact that Elisabeth Moss will be back (and she wants to get Hannah out of Gilead), Serena Joy will have to “answer for” her crimes, and we might see more of Canada in the new season. In the meantime, you can stream the first three seasons on Crave.
Between the release of The Testaments and the return of The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s safe to say that Margaret Atwood will have the world eating out of the palm of her hand, and we’re ready for everything she has to offer.