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Two local events to take place on Monday to mark the release of The Testaments

Two local events to take place on Monday to mark the release of The Testaments

Two events to celebrate the launch of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ will take place this coming Monday September 9th.

A launch will take place at the DeChastelain Library at Dundalk IT at 12 noon followed by a reading that night at 9pm sharp in Roe River Books on Park Street.

Tuesday September 10th sees the publication of the much anticipated sequel to Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. This book has been a bestseller since its release and was recently the subject of a successful TV adaptation. Now Atwood has completed a follow up 34years later called ‘The Testaments’.

She said: “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.”

To celebrate the publication, the book will be available for sale worldwide the night before. So on Monday September 9th Roe River Books will open with copies of ‘The Testaments’ available and a special event of Words & Music: A woman’s circle of songs and spoken word, inspired by its predecessor The Handmaid’s Tale. Performers including Alice Robinson, Ines Khai, Sophie Coyle & Annie Callaghan will sing songs interspersed with readings of poems, prose etc in keeping with the themes of the book. This event begins at 9pm sharp on Monday.

Earlier that day between 12 noon and 1.30pm at the DeChastelain Library at Dundalk IT, people are invited to come, listen and read from the novel and discuss it.

For those interested in going you can register on Eventbrite, the event is free.

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalised readers for decades.

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 for her—freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.