The Handmaid's Tale

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood









The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's classic novel The Handmaid's Tale takes place in a dystopian near-future that could potentially be our own. Women have lost all of their rights, and are now considered property of the state. The United States government has been overthrown, and the new country of Gilead uses religion as its basis of rule. We follow the story of Offred, a Handmaid -- a woman prized for her fertility, and her willingness to bear the fruit of life for others. While The Handmaid's Tale has won several awards, it has also been challenged, removed, or banned because of its content.

Watch this space for information about events that we're hosting to support this book. Check out these websites for topic information as well. There is also a bibliography of books that you may find interesting.

Tentative Events:

Fall, 2017

  • October
    • Kick-Off
      • The Wall
      • Handmaids
      • Poetry reading
      • Life-sized game        
      • Hulu series screening and discussion
      • Oral reading
  • November
    • Domestic Violence Awareness/Clothesline Project
      • Oral Reading
      • Panel on “consent”

Spring, 2018

  • February
    • Darwin Week
      • Oral Reading
      • The role religion plays in the sciences
      • Evolution/Creationism
  • March
    • Women’s History Month
      • Oral Reading
      • Focus on Women’s rights
      • Screening of Iron Jawed Maidens; Discussion
      • Forum: “Where in the world . . . when in the world . . . ?”
  • April
    • Diversity in Culture
      • Day 1: Forum: “Rights: Who has them? Who gets to confer/deny?"
      • Day 2: Poetry Slam (Theme to be determined)





  • Asking for it : The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It / Kate Harding, 2015. HV6556 .H37 2015
  • In Other Worlds : SF and the Human Imagination / Margaret Atwood, 2011. PR9199.3.A8 Z545 2011
  • Novels for Students, Volume 3 / Gale Publications, 1997-. REFERENCE Ref PN 3385 .N68
  • Science Fiction : A Very Short Introduction / David Seed, 2011. PN 3433.5 .S44 2011
  • Women in America / Mark Lane, 2016. REFERENCE Ref H 33 2016