Our newest issue is filled with a wide variety of compelling reading including a essay/interview on the continuing Shakespeare authorship controversy and two different pieces that revisit a bit of nostalgia in their own ways. A look into the back halls of an upcoming book fair provides some laughs, and a particularly important re-issued book gets some difficult and deserved attention. We hope you like it as much as we do.
Lev Raphael’s “Summer of Shakespeare” continues with his review of Contested Will and an interview with its author James Shapiro, the witty Shakespeare scholar who explores in depth the sometimes wacky history of Shakespeare Denial and the historical reasons for its tenacity in Who Wrote Shakespeare? The History of Shakespeare Denial.
Local sports columnists were once the reader’s link to the sporting world. But mergers, buy-outs and the Internet changed that sufficiently, says Pete Croatto, that many “talented, versatile writers who represent a city’s voice in the sporting world” are mostly gone. What happened? Find out in An Obituary on the Sports Page.
For Gillian Polack, it’s the past—“a half-remembered history, fading and elusive and evocative”—that is one of her favorite aspects of fantasy writing. Indeed, she found that a certain type of nostalgia exist in all the books on her to-be-reviewed shelf possess that key element as she discusses in Dreams of Pasts.
For David Mitchell a re-issued novel about men “caught in a conflict that was far greater than any one of them . . . and of the suffering that blind adherence to hierarchical authority, the fickleness of circumstance and the arrogance of human pride can inflict” was both oppressive and joyful, an unusual mix of emotions to characterize an extraordinary novel as he shares in Where All Paths Lead.
One of the largest library fundraising book sales in the country begins in Chicago this week, and Book Fair Manager Dan Crawford takes a break from the boxes, bags, cartons, and sacks of books to share his experiences of it in Running with the Bulls Books.
If you are or were the type to cut out articles from newspapers and magazines to put into books then you and Lauren Roberts have a lot in common as she shares in Literary Links.