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Steal This Book: Take Copy of 'The Handmaid's Tale' From High Line Art Show

By Maya Rajamani | April 26, 2017 8:44am

CHELSEA — You can take your name off the New York Public Library's lengthy hold list for “The Handmaid’s Tale” — as an art installation opening on the High Line Wednesday morning is offering you a copy for free.

In honor of its upcoming show based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, Hulu will cover a wall with 4,000 free paperback copies of the book, organizers said in a release.

Passersby “can take [the books] down to reveal powerful messages including ‘Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum’ (translation: Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down), the central battle cry of empowerment and survival from the classic novel,” the release said.

The giveaway coincides with the premiere of the streaming site’s original series based on the book, it added.

The installation designed by graphic artists Paula Scher and Abbot Miller will be on display at the High Line’s 16th Street entrance from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Wednesday, April 26 and ending Sunday, April 30.

Hulu plans to refresh the installation with new books each day, a spokeswoman said.