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Complement the exciting themes and stories of Ira Wells' Curious Minds series on Banned Books and the Brilliant Authors Who Write Them with this screening.

Margaret Atwood has never been more relevant than she is today. Readers are turning to her work as they face the rise of authoritarian politics, rapidly evolving technologies and the slow-motion disaster of climate change. Her poetry and books are about survival, but they are also survival tools themselves.

Ironically, or perhaps fittingly, Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale—an allegorical tale critical of authoritarian society—was banned by numerous US school divisions upon its release.

This film catches up with Atwood after the recent success of the television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. For a year, the film crew had exclusive access to Atwood and her late partner Graeme Gibson, as they traveled to speaking engagements around the world.

The film also delves into Atwood’s backstory, growing up in the Canadian wilderness, her early days as a poet at Harvard where she met and married a classmate, later meeting her life-partner Graeme Gibson and writing The Handmaid’s Tale.

Atwood’s major works are explored and threaded through the film, revealing the personal and societal factors that inform her stories.

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10) | $5 for Banned Books and the Brilliant Authors Who Write Them attendees

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Curious Minds Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Speaker Series.

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  • Director(s)

    • Nancy Lang
    • Peter Raymont

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