Blessed be the book.
We all know about The Handmaid’s Tale and over the years, people can’t help but compare some aspects of real-life to the popular fictional books and tv series.
With that being said, I bet nobody expected something like this to exist…
An ‘Unburnable’ copy of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Exists and The Author Used A Flamethrower to Prove It!
In effort to raise awareness around increasing censorship and a surge in book-banning efforts in American schools, author Margaret Atwood and publisher Penguin Random House have released a single “unburnable” copy of The Handmaid’s Tale.
If you thought there was no possible way a book couldn’t burn, Margaret Atwood was seen using a flamethrower to prove it.
Margaret Atwood posted on Twitter about it saying:
“I never thought I’d be trying to burn one of my own books… and failing”
According to the Sotheby’s website:
This single-copy special edition of The Handmaid’s Tale was produced in Toronto by the graphic arts specialty and bookbinding atelier The Gas Company Inc. The Unburnable Book was manufactured by print-and-bindery master craftsman Jeremy Martin. Fireproof materials and processes were researched and tested by Doug Laxdal.
The fireproof version of the book is currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s New York on Wednesday with a high estimate of $100,000.
Proceeds will go towards PEN America, a literary and free expression advocacy organization.
I find this super cool and sends a strong message about censorship and banning of books everywhere.