Claremore, OK— The Will Rogers Library will be hosting a special presentation and book discussion of Margaret Atwood’s popular contemporary classic The Handmaid’s Tale on Monday, September 24 at 6:00 pm. This group book discussion brings two great programs together, PBS’s The Great American Read tv series for avid readers, and Oklahoma Humanities popular reading and discussion program, Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma to focus on one of the most popular current titles, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The Handmaid’s Tale is a cautionary tale set in a dystopian near-future version of America. Described as funny, unexpected, horrifying and altogether convincing, Amazon reviews call it a “scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force”. Originally released in 1998, the current award-winning cinematic series from HULU has launched the book into the spotlight and garnered immense popularity and rave reviews for both the series and the original work.

On Monday, September 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, the Will Rogers Library will host the presentation and group discussion led by Oklahoma Humanities Scholar Trisha Yarbrough. To be a part of this exciting and timely event, visit the Will Rogers Library to sign up and pick up your copy of The Handmaid’s Tale. Participants in the program can register to win a new hardcover copy of the book or the first season of the Hulu production of The Handmaid’s Tale on DVD, provided by the Friends of the Will Rogers Library.

The Will Rogers Library received a special grant award from the Oklahoma Humanities and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries to fund this literary event as part of OH’s Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma: The Great American Read, OH’s premier reading and discussion program. Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma offers more than the average book club experience. Facilitated by a humanities expert, the event is kicked off with a presentation about the book, enriching the readers’ understanding of the text and sparking conversation. The informal discussion that follows provides a unique opportunity for readers to get to know each other, share ideas, and consider new perspectives.

This program stems from PBS’s 8-part documentary-style series, The Great American Read, an exploration of the joy of reading and a quest to discover America’s Best-Loved Book! After a nationwide survey, and consultation with a panel of literary experts, PBS has curated a list of 100 titles to be considered for this honor. Celebrate this fun reading initiative with the Will Rogers Library as the community reads The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, one of the books from the reading list. Then go online to vote for your favorite book!

This event is made possible by Oklahoma Humanities and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and through partnership with PBS and OETA. Books for the program are provided by Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book. For additional information on the event, contact: Leslie Rogers, 918-341-1564, wrlibrary@claremorecity.com

About Oklahoma Humanities

The mission of Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. OH is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, OH strives to stimulate discussion, encourage new perspectives, and to actively engage people in the humanities disciplines, such as history, literature, philosophy, and ethics.