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On March 26th, Doubleday Books releases the first graphic novel adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale and below you can take a first peek inside the illustrated epic. Deadline’s exclusive excerpt is the first preview anywhere and it shows the spare, evocative artwork of Renée Nault, the Canadian artist hand-selected by Atwood to adapt her bookshelf classic.
Its exquisite illuminations mark it as a ceremonial object, and its “intricacies,” argue Trinity College Dublin professors Rachel Moss and Fáinche Ryan, “lead the mind along pathways of the imagination…. You haven’t been to Ireland unless you’ve seen the Book of Kells.” This may be so, but thankfully, in our digital age, you need not go to Dublin to see this fabulous historical artifact, or a digitization of it at least, entirely viewable at the online collections of the Trinity College Library. The pages, originally captured in 1990, “have recently been rescanned,” Trinity College Library writes, using state of the art imaging technology. These new digital images offer the most accurate high resolution images to date, providing an experience second only to viewing the book in person.”
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I’m writing a new book! It’s called WHAT TO COOK and it’ll help you decide, well, what to cook! My creative collaboration with the wonderful, inimitable @wendymac will happily continue, meaning that this book will be filled with the same sorts of beautiful, instructive, and funny illustrations and infographics that make #saltfatacidheat so special. I’m thrilled to be working on this book with the editorial and publishing dream team of @andyward15 and @tenspeedpress. I’ve been stalking Andy since 2013. @aaronwehner, Ten Speed’s publisher, was the first person I ever met in publishing in the early 2000s. Together, we are going to make a book that’s beautiful, educational, functional, smart, and most importantly, very, very fun! Sign up for my mailing list (link in profile) to receive periodic book-making updates, to sign on as a recipe tester when I get deeper into the process, and (one day, eventually) to be first to preorder a copy! We all know I am a painfully slow writer, so please do not write to ask me when the book is coming. I promise everyone will know when I know! And finally, thank you to @ayabrackett for this lovely photo and @karistuart for being the best of the best. ❤️