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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.

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.