The Sunrise Theater will be hosting a unique live simulcast from London with award-winning and bestselling novelist, Margaret Atwood, author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Tuesday, Sept. 10. The event will begin promptly at 2:15 p.m., with an introduction by Damita Nocton from The Country Bookshop, and continue with the live simulcast at 2:30 p.m.
Nocton is a local book expert, retired educator and avid Atwood fan who has waited decades for the opportunity to discuss the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The simulcast will include a conversation with Atwood about the release of the sequel publication, “The Testaments,” 34 years after she wrote the original. The live cinema event will include exclusive readings from the new book by several high-profile actors including Lily James, a question-and-answer session with Atwood, and filmed documentary content from Atwood’s life and work.
“The Testaments” is one of the most highly anticipated sequels of all time. The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression.
In this brilliant sequel, the acclaimed author answers the questions that have tantalized 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. 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.
The event is sponsored by The Country Bookshop, where readers can purchase the original book and preorder “The Testaments.” Both novels will also be available for purchase at the Sept. 10 event.
Lily James is the star of Disney’s “Cinderella,” PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” action film “Baby Driver” and war drama “Darkest Hour.” Most recently, she starred in “Yesterday,” which enjoyed global box office success. James has also recently completed shooting on “Rebecca,” a feature adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, set for release in 2020.
Margaret Atwood says, “I am delighted that the launch of ‘The Testaments’ will take place not only in London on Sept. 10, but also by live streaming to over 1,300 cinemas around the world. I can’t be in all the places at once in my analogue body, but I look forward to being with so many readers via the big screen.”
“Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas” will be broadcast across the globe, including cinemas throughout the UK, the US, Canada, Malta, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland, plus delayed screenings in Australia, and New Zealand.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include “Cat’s Eye,” “The Robber Bride,” “Alias Grace,” “The Blind Assassin” and the MaddAddam Trilogy. Her 1985 classic “The Handmaid’s Tale” went back into the bestseller charts with the 2017 release of the award-winning TV series. Sales of the English language edition of the book have now topped 8 million copies worldwide. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Tickets to “Margaret Atwood Live in Cinemas” are $16 and available at www.sunrisetheater.com, the Sunrise office or by calling (910) 692-3611. All seats are reserved. Theater doors will open at 1:15 p.m.