To say our very own Margaret Atwood is having a moment is an understatement.
While the author has long been one of our most respected cultural exports, in today's mash-up of platinum television meets gutter politics, Atwood's work is seen as downright prophetic. In her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale, a totalitarian society has overthrown the American government and taken away women's rights, a new class of women are kept for reproductive purposes—handmaids—in sexual servitude.
The novel was adapted for the big screen by Harold Pinter in 1990 but its latest incarnation as a 10-episode limited television series is generating buzz in Hollywood and beyond. Atwood served as consulting producer on the Hulu production, an American streaming service, the series begins airing on Bravo with a two-hour premiere April 30.
On April 26, Atwood was on the red carpet in New York for the series premiere, alongside stars Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls).
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