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Margaret Atwood announces "Handmaid's Tale" sequel

A woman dressed as a character from the Handmaid's Tale.
A woman dressed as a character from "The Handmaid's Tale." Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Margaret Atwood will release a sequel to her novel "The Handmaid's Tale" titled "The Testaments" next September, she announced on Twitter Wednesday morning.

The big picture: The gender-driven political commentary of "The Handmaid's Tale" became an inspiration for women resisting the Trump administration and protesting patriarchal norms. Atwood's publicist told NPR last year that the book had seen a 200% increase in sales since the 2016 presidential election, and its television adaptation won the Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2017, becoming the first show on a streaming service to take home the top prize.

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Bill Clinton's thriller sells a million copies in two months

Bill Clinton and James Patterson's book, The President is Missing
Credit: Little, Brown and Knopf

The unlikely author pairing of President Bill Clinton and James Patterson has proved successful, making Clinton part of a rare club of authors who have sold a million copies of fiction and nonfiction titles.

The big picture: Barnes & Noble buyer Sessalee Hensley released a statement saying the thriller has achieved success from "very strong word of mouth" among readers, but critical reviews have been less forcefully in favor of its literary credentials. The book plot is focused on cyber security threats and dangers.