The Literature, The Stage, The Artist
A Day of Learning for Secondary English & Drama Teachers, Elementary Arts Contacts
May 7, 2013 8:15 am – 4 pm
A Variety of Seminars & Workshops
Special Guest Speaker
Independent Shakespeare Scholar
and Award-Winning Young Adult author
T H E A T R E
P R O J E C T S
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The Literature, The Stage, The Artist
|On the Date, Sources and Design of
Roger A. Stritmatter and Lynne Kositsky
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7104-1
|Table of Contents & Excerpts Tempest|
Dundurn Press has accepted my speculative Young Adult novel, The Plagues of Kondar, for publication. It’s my second book with Dundurn. The first was Minerva’s Voyage. Very excited.
Roger and I have sent our completed book on Shakespeare to McFarland for editing and publication.
Roger Stritmatter and I are thrilled to announce that our book, A Movable Feast: Sources, Chronology and Design of Shakespeare’s Tempest, has been accepted by McFarland publishers.
Although some of the book’s conclusions have previously appeared in our peer-reviewed articles as reproduced on shakespearestempest.com, the book also contains a wealth of new material supporting the theory of a play written at least by 1603 for Shrovetide performance.
Contrary to longstanding belief, the play’s New World imagery is derived not from William Strachey’s account of a 1609 shipwreck in Bermuda, but from Richard Eden’s 1555 Decades of the New World. The book will include detailed point-by-point rebuttals to two newly published critiques of our work: one by Alden Vaughan (2008) in Shakespeare Quarterly and another by Tom Reedy (2010) in Review of English Studies, showing how their misplaced confidence in traditional authority has led to misinterpretations of the evidence of the date and influence of Strachey’s manuscript.
While many books have been published in recent months advocating the “Oxfordian” theory of Shakespearean authorship, ours will be the first to directly challenge the longstanding orthodox belief that Oxford could not have been the author because he died in 1604, before the Tempest and several other plays were written. At least in the case of the Tempest, that argument is no longer credible.
My new novel about the Holocaust, A Terrible Grief, is now finished–the first draft at least–and has been sent to my agent to look at.
Concordia University’s Dr. Daniel Wright, Director of the University’s Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre, has announced that the 2012 annual Vero Nihil Verius Award for Distinguished Scholarship will be awarded “to the team of Prof Roger Stritmatter and Lynne Kositsky for the outstanding achievement, recognition, and prestigious juried publication of their research on the origins of Shakespeare’sTempest.”
The award will be conferred at Concordia’s Annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, scheduled for April 12-15, 2012.
Others honored with the award for 2012 include journalist and novelist, Al Austin, in particular appreciation for his work on the breakthrough PBS Frontline documentary, The Shakespeare Mystery, as well as for his forthcoming Oxfordian novel, The Cottage.
Katherine Chiljan, in special tribute to the scholarly achievement of her most recent book, Shakespeare Suppressed: The Uncensored Truth About Shakespeare and His Works, will also be honored with the award in 2012.
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Besides preparing two powerpoints for Ukraine, am working on a presentation for my new Rachel four-in-one book to present at two readings in Vancouver, and continuing to write my novel about a Jewish German child who manages to avoid the Holocaust by travelling to Shanghai and living there with her mother and sister for the duration of the second world war.
A bit scared about flying to Odessa with two stops along the way, but friend Roger Stritmatter is going too, which helps me feel calmer about travelling.
Roger Stritmatter and I are travelling to Ukraine towards the end of May. We’ve been asked to speak at the first Shakespeare Authorship Conference in Ukraine. It’s at a university not too far from Odessa. We’re both presenting material about The Earl of Oxford. I’ve also been asked to speak to the students about writing and talk about my novels. Very excited to be asked!
I’m speaking about Shakespeare’s connections To Oxford, based on 25 Curious Connections by Mark Alexander, and Roger’s presenting “Much Ado About Something: Searching for Shakespeare and the Shape of Intellectual History.”