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Summer 2013

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare
Ken Ludwig
The award-winning playwright has been teaching his children Shakespeare since they were six years old. He shares his techniques so that other parents, and teachers of all kinds, can help children toward an understanding and love of Shakespeare's works and have fun in the process.


Shakespeare for American Actors and Directors
Aaron Frankel
The director of more than a hundred plays, Broadway legend Aaron Frankel helps American actors and directors who may be intimidated by Shakespeare to overcome their fears, leap the perceived cultural chasm between American English and Elizabethan verse, and embrace the challenges and rewards of performing the plays live.


A Year of Shakespeare
Paul Edmondson
The World Shakespeare Festival 2012 was the largest Shakespeare festival ever held, and Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, provides a comprehensive expert view of the proceedings, with reviews of all 74 productions that capture the vibrancy of this once-in-a-lifetime event.


The Bookman's Tale 
Charlie Lovett
This novel of obsession follows the adventures of a modern-day antiquarian American book dealer transplanted to England whose bibliographic sleuthing leads him back to Elizabethan England and onto the trail of a book that might silence the Shakespeare deniers for all time.


Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard
Laura Bates  
A Shakespeare professor who brought the Bard to inmates at Chicago's Cook County jail and at a maximum-security facility in Indiana relates her experiences teaching behind bars, with a focus on how one convicted murderer's life was changed by Shakespeare and how the prisoner changed her life as well.


Illustrating Shakespeare
Peter Whitfield
In this lushly illustrated book from The British Library, author Peter Whitfield surveys the long pageantry of Shakespearean art, from the earliest sixteenth-century woodcuts and drawings though romantic, pre-Raphaelite, and modern works, as well as the artists, actors, and publishers who created their distinctive visions of Shakespeare's plays.


Child Ballads
Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
The so-called Child ballads were Scottish and English folk songs first collected by Harvard professor and folklorist Francis James Child in the late nineteenth century. In a new recording, songwriters Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer bring new life to these songs from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and earlier.

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