Margaret Atwood’s interview to be broadcast at LPCA

Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood smiles at the Foire du Livre de Francfort in 2017. (Provided photo — ActuaLitte, via Creative Commons)

LAKE PLACID — Margaret Atwood’s interview on the release of the sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Testaments,” will be broadcasted live on Friday at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

It has been 34 years since “The Handmaid’s Tale” was first published. The dystopian novel examines the subjugation of women in a patriarchal society through the eyes of a handmaid named Offred.

The sequel will pick up 15 years after where “The Handmaid’s Tale” left off.

The book has earned numerous awards as well as some complaints by people criticizing the crudity of certain scenes. In 2017 the first episodes of a show based on the novel premiered. It has received rave reviews from critics.

On Sept. 10, the sequel was released in stores. People were excited. In London, actresses dressed as Handmaids, wearing white bonnets and long red capes paraded through the streets. Atwood read excerpts from the new book at an event in London.

In Saranac Lake at the Book Nook, copies were being quickly bought and sold. Ten copies had been ordered for the first day, and two days after that stack dwindled down to only a few. Another shipment was impending to refill the shelf.

On Friday, at 8 p.m., Atwood will be interviewed about her career and the new book. BBC journalist and New York Times best-selling author Samira Ahmed will interview Atwood at the National Theatre in London. There will also be a number of special guests including actors Lily James, Sally Hawkins and Ann Dowd.

A livestream will be broadcast to various theaters around the world. At 8 p.m., the stream will be broadcast at the LPCA, at 17 Algonquin Drive. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased through the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.