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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.

Congratulations to the winner of the essay contest, Ashlee Mitchell, and the two honorable mentions, McKenna Lanter and Ruby Gibson. Please visit to read the essays. 

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.


On November 28, 2018, Margaret Atwood announced that there will be a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Find more information here.

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