Unburnable edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be auctioned for anti-censorship fundraiser

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Unburnable edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be auctioned for anti-censorship fundraiser

May 24 2022

To raise awareness about the proliferating book banning and educational gag orders in some U.S. schools, Margaret Atwood and Penguin Random House have partnered to create The Unburnable Book, a fireproof edition of Atwood's prescient (and regularly banned) novel The Handmaid's Tale.

It is made with a black Cinefoil (aluminum) dust jacket wrapping a hardcover made from Phenolic (a heat-resistant plastic); with pages of white heat shield foil sewn together with nickel wire, stainless steel head and tail bands and Kapton high temperature adhesive.

The book will be sold by Sotheby's New York on June 7, with proceeds going to PEN America to support the organization's work to counter censorship.

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