Shakespeare and YA Novels: Ryan North and Molly Booth

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 62

While print sales of adult fiction are down in the last decade, the juvenile market – which includes YA – has actually gone up 40 percent. In this episode, two YA authors talk about their writing, their audience, their inspirations, and the role that Shakespeare plays in all of it.
Molly Booth’s first novel, Saving Hamlet, was published in 2016 by Disney-Hyperion. It tells the story of an American teenager who time-travels back to Shakespeare’s Globe during the original production of Hamlet
Ryan North is the author of two titles that take a “Choose Your Own Adventure” approach to Shakespeare. To Be Or Not To Be was originally self-published in 2013 and was Kickstarter's most-funded publishing project at the time. His second, Romeo and/or Juliet, was published by Riverhead Books in 2016.  
Ryan and Molly are interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. Published November 29, 2016. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. “The Quick Fire of Youth” was produced by Richard Paul. Garland Scott is the associate producer. It was edited by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington. Esther French is the web producer. We had technical help from Thomas Devlin at WGBH in Boston, Gord Richards at Oak Recording Studio Toronto, and Jeff Peters at the Marketplace studios in Los Angeles.

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