Margaret Atwood book tour to be released as documentary

Margaret Atwood book tour to be released as documentary

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Margaret Atwood has never been run-of-the-mill, and her international tour for The Year of the Flood—her dystopian novel set after a humanity-destroying pandemic—was no snoozy book signing affair. Wanting to “break free from the traditional structure of a book tour,” Atwood employed local actors and choirs at each stop to help narrate her novel through “a literary performance with music.”

Thankfully, Canadian director Ron Mann got it all on film for his documentary In the Wake of the Flood. “There is a marvelous convergence of creative energies coming together around Margaret’s stage performance that I felt important to document,” Mann said. The doc will make its debut this August at Possible Worlds, an annual Canadian film festival in Sydney, Australia; it screens at home in the fall.

Atwood film to debut in Australia [CBC]