Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Tue, Sep 10, 2019 7:00 PM


MARGARET ATWOOD: Live on-screen simulcast with Special Guest Lily James

Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm

Members $11 / Public $16

Our friends at BOOK REVUE will have copies of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments available for purchase at CAC on the night of the event.

On Tuesday, September 10, award-winning and bestselling author Margaret Atwood publishes worldwide her highly anticipated new novel – The Testaments – a sequel to her most celebrated work, The Handmaid’s Tale. In a unique live on-screen simulcast event on this momentous date, cinema audiences across the world will be treated to an evening in conversation with Atwood about the release of the new book, her long and distinguished career and why she has returned to her seminal story of The Handmaid’s Tale, 34 years after she wrote the original.
The exclusive cinema event will include exclusive readings by several high-profile actors from the new book and filmed documentary content from throughout Atwood’s life. Filmed live from the stage of London’s National Theatre -- but not a part of the National Theatre Live series -- Atwood will also answer questions from audiences in this rare appearance and intimate evening.  (110 min.)

It’s with great excitement that we can now share with you exciting news and the full line up of special guests for Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas. Accompanying the previously announced Lily James, two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Ann Dowd shall also be reading selected passages from The Testaments. Ann Dowd stars as Lydia in the critically acclaimed Hulu TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she won an Emmy Award, and her participation follows the thrilling news that Aunt Lydia is one of the characters that appears in the new novel.
In addition to the cinema event, Atwood will be undertaking an in-person book tour, following the event.  There is expected to be a very significant amount of publicity and advertising to promote the new book, which the UK’s Guardian calls “The literary event of the year”.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty 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 election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him, and the 2017 release of the award-winning TV series. Sales of the English language edition of The Handmaid’s Tale 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.

We are pleased to to announce Lily James as a special guest for Margaret Atwood Live on Tuesday, September 10. Lily James, most recently seen on stage starring in Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve is currently lighting up cinema screens in Danny Boyle’s movie Yesterday.