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Bryan Prince Bookseller, OPIRG McMaster and Amnesty International Book Club

present the Amnesty International Book Club-WestdaleWe will be discussing The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

During our September meeting the group will decide collectively on our next book selection.

Please have a look at the Amnesty International Bookshelf prior to the meeting to decide which book you will vote for.

Join us for this bi-monthly reading group featuring books chosen from the Amnesty International bookshelf.

Meetings will take place in the Reading Room at Bryan Prince Bookseller.

Free, everyone welcome.

Purchasing the book selection at Bryan Prince Bookseller is not required to join the book club. For those who do purchase a copy of the book from us, we are happy to advise that a portion of proceeds from book club selection sales will be donated to Amnesty International annually.

The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) is a work of speculative fiction by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning. The Handmaid’s Tale won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. It was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award. It has been adapted for the cinema, radio, opera, and stage.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our inaugural book club meeting on June 13. We had a lively and engaging discussion of Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan.

Launched in 2014, the Amnesty International Book Club is a project engaging readers, libraries and book clubs in reading beyond the book. What does that mean? In this book club, not only do we feature excellent literature, but we share interactive author interviews, podcast episodes, challenging discussion questions and rich background on the human rights aspects of popular novels.

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