The best part of this month’s event has been hearing about other readers’ reading and rereading. With every mention, I want to return to that poem, to that story, to that novel, to those characters, to those worlds. So, what’s next?
An additional layer to that pleasure has been the discussion of the other ways in which Margaret Atwood’s stories and roles are reaching readers.
Coming of age in the 1980s, there was a film of The Handmaid’s Tale which you could rent on a video cassette. The Robber Bride was produced for Canadian television, and a short story was produced as part of a series of works by women writers.
Occasionally you might catch an interview on public television (although descriptions of these broadcasts were rarely included in the newspaper write-ups of upcoming shows, so you either watched loyally, and often repeatedly, or you missed out).
Even when videos of public performances began to be made available on the ‘net, video and audio players would crash more often than not, dashing the initial excitement of a glimpse of something previously thought out-of-reach (which, indeed, remained so).