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Atwood fights book bans with unburnable edition of The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood fights book bans with unburnable edition of The Handmaid's Tale

In light of the rise in book bans across the world, Margaret Atwood has announced an ‘unburnable’ edition of her novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Atwood appeared in a Youtube video to announce her latest project with Penguin Random House – a one-off, ‘unburnable’ edition of The Handmaid’s Tale which will be auctioned through Sotheby’s New York.

Penguin Random House stated: ‘Across the United States and around the world, books are being challenged, banned, and even burned. So we created a special edition of a book that’s been challenged and banned for decades.’

‘Printed and bound using fireproof materials, this edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was made to be completely unburnable. It is designed to protect this vital story and stand as a powerful symbol against censorship.’

According to the American Library Association, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most challenged and banned books across the US.

The book will be presented for auction from May 23 to June 7 with all proceeds going to PEN America’s work in defending freedom of expression.

Check out the video below: