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Ten Books To Introduce Kids (of any age! Adults, too!) to Shakespeare by Andi Diehn

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When I was about 12 years old, I decided to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My mom was impressed. We went to the library and picked it up, along with Hamlet, just because, and I carried them home with a reverence usually reserved for books by Madeleine L’Engle and Noel Streatfield, my usual favorites that year.

But…what were these words? This wasn’t even English, was it? I didn’t understand any of it. Within a page or two of Midsummer, I was done, discouraged, disappointed. I didn’t even attempt Hamlet. Shakespeare, I decided, wasn’t for me.

It wasn’t until about five years later, when a high school English teacher got up in front of the class and performed the “To be or not to be” soliloquy with passion and total commitment that I was willing to give it another shot. And with daily read alouds, a steady…

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The first weekend of winter arrives early and has nothing to do with snow.

I am a winter kind of person. I don't ski, I don't snowboard, and I fail every year to get my snow tires applied before the snow falls, but still--winter is grand. I love the whole being indoors thing. I love the need for sweaters and wool socks and fires in the fireplace. I love… Continue reading The first weekend of winter arrives early and has nothing to do with snow.

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Shakespeare’s Skull: A Historical Whodunit

I might have mentioned, I'm writing a book on Shakespeare and his plays and how they influence today's world. Weirdly enough, it's called Shakespeare: Investigate the Bard's Influence on Today's World.  This is the third (published) book I've written, and it's my favorite. My research process is reading great books and watching great movies, so… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Skull: A Historical Whodunit

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In the beginning, there was market research…

We're thinking hard about starting a new series at Nomad Press. We're pondering, we're testing the water, we're gathering evidence of future success or failure. We're nervous. We're hesitant. Until we're not, and then we're boisterous and foolhardy. Of course we can launch a new series in the space of six months! Of course everyone… Continue reading In the beginning, there was market research…