An Intimate Evening with Margaret Atwood
Toronto Reference Library
As threats to women’s rights increase, we cannot imagine anyone better to host at Trouble than the woman who showed us where the slippery slope could end. “Every totalitarian government on the planet has always taken a very great interest in women’s reproductive rights,” says Margaret Atwood; a disquieting insight at any time, but particularly in today’s portentous political landscape.
Just as it did when it was first published, the story of The Handmaid’s Tale—a future where women are treated as property of the state, run by an authoritarian regime—is unearthing chilling patterns to an uneasy public. The book’s long-awaited sequel The Testaments performed so well it broke the record for best first-day sales of any Penguin Random House title that year. Having initially gone to press on the novel for 500,000 copies, the publisher went back twice for more copies in the span of just over a week.
We’ll spend the evening with this iconic writer, discussing the themes that connect all of her novels and the frightening realities they predict. We’ll also be joined by some other incredible Toronto based feminists and activists to get their view on the global outlook for women’s rights.
Date & Time
6.00pm EDT Thursday 23rd of March 2023
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto