Posted on May 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Here’s one book you can’t burn.

A very special edition of The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, is being auctioned off to support the freedom-of-expression group PEN.

Bidding on the copy runs through June 7.

Atwood herself attempted — and failed — to incinerate the fireproof Handmaid’s Tale, which is made of a specially treated aluminum product and nickel copper wire; you can watch her attempt below (or on YouTube).

The idea, according to the Associated Press, came from two employees of the creative agency Rethink.

Specifically, they heard about an attempt to ban hundreds of books from school libraries in Texas and wondered whether it was possible to create a book you couldn't burn.

When it came to choosing the title, they quickly thought of The Handmaid's Tale — a very popular target of challenges and bans — and reached out to Atwood's publishers, setting the wheels in motion for this fundraiser.

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