The hour-long performance will feature 14 hymns – one for each chapter – which Atwood wrote, to the music of L.A.-based composer Orville Stoeber. A three-person cast will perform along with a choir, all of whom will be local talent.Atwood explains why this novel, her 13th, merits this innovation:
I felt this particular novel deserved a more complex presentation. It's also a great chance to work with other creative minds and see their interpretation of the story come to light.Set for publication on September 22nd, The Year of the Flood is a sequel of sorts to Atwood's earlier novel Oryx & Crake and “is set in a future where the world has undergone dramatic change as a result of decades of environmental degradation.”
In conjunction with the book tour, Atwood is also blogging, complete with photos of dinner guests and witty comments. An interesting new way to sell books.