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2018-19 One Book selection announced

The Handmaid’s Tale, a gripping and chillingly relevant vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, has been chosen as Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2018-19 academic year. The author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, will deliver a keynote address Oct. 30 at both the Chicago and Evanston campuses. All first-year students are given a copy of the One Book each year.

Tickets for the Evanston event will be available starting Sept. 30th. Priority will be given to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff. Should tickets not sell out by October 25th, then they will be made available to the general public. For questions about the event, please email 

The Handmaid’s Tale includes depictions of violence, including sexual violence. If you would like to discuss how the book has impacted you personally the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE) at Northwestern is a confidential space on campus to discuss issues related to sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, or harassment. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) also provides clinical services, including 24-hour telephone support, at 847-491-2151. You can learn more about the resources including counseling, reporting, and advocacy at CARE and CAPS.

Helen Thompson, Faculty Chair

A Note from Helen Thompson, One Book One Northwestern Faculty Chair

Warm greetings to Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and especially to our first years! This year’s choice for One Book One Northwestern is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. We’re thrilled to launch the conversation at Northwestern about this provocative novel. Atwood’s vision of patriarchal dystopia promises to inspire dialogue, discussion, and impassioned debate. We’ll have the opportunity to hear Margaret Atwood speak about The Handmaid’s Tale, its recent television adaptation, and its centrality to the current cultural moment when she visits Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses on October 30.