The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.121 Monday, 19 March 2014
Date: March 9, 2014 at 10:39:40 AM EDT
Subject: Book Signing!
Dear reading friends,
Dark Venus is due out this month. I'll be reading from it and signing books Tuesday March 25 at 7 p.m., Granada Books, 1224 State Street next door to the Granada Theater in the back room and Thursday March 27, Chaucer's Books at 3321 State Street in the Loreto Plaza.
Volume 2 of my Shakespeare Actor Trilogy, Dark Venus is a story of love and poetry as well as theatre. Besides continuing the adventures of the boy actor Alexander (Sander) Cooke—who in my version was born female—it focuses on a remarkable woman, Amelia Bassano Lanyer. The presumed dark lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Amelia published her own book of poetry in 1611. This novel shows what drove her to write it. Press release attached.
Please come to one of these two readings and tell your friends, especially those intrigued by poetry, Shakespeare, the woman’s voice in the tumultuous days of Queen Elizabeth I. Yes, there’s a political murder in this book, as there was in volume one, The Secret Player.
Press release attached.
Hope to see you there,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: George Spitzer, Nebbadoon Press
325 E. Figueroa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Dark Venus releases March 23, volume two of a three-book series of historical novels set in Shakespeare’s England.
Jinny Webber, a professor of English in Santa Barbara, CA,
recreates the England of William Shakespeare.
Vol. 2: In DARK VENUS: Alexander (Sander) Cooke, protagonist of The Secret Player, befriends Amelia Bassano Lanyer, the presumed Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Historically, Amelia published a book of poetry in 1611, long after her affair with William Shakespeare. Dark Venus shows what drove Amelia to write that book, a first for a woman in Queen Elizabeth’s England. The friendship of Amelia and Sander plays out amidst the political turmoil that leads to the murder of Sander’s friend and patron Ferdinando Stanley, the Earl of Derby.
Vol. 1: THE SECRET PLAYER: The protagonist Alexander Cooke, known as Sander, becomes a favorite performer of women’s roles on the London stage, where only males are allowed to act. A dangerous secret: Sander was born female. She is at risk of flogging or even death if her identity is discovered. A few suspect the truth, including William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Adding to her risks, she and he poet John Donne fall in love. In life and onstage, Sander Cooke dares to challenge the status quo.
Vol 3: BEDTRICK (to be released in 2015): Sander’s brother John Cooke impregnates the seamstress Frances and refuses to marry her. A seemingly simple solution is for Alexander to marry Frances. Can a woman get away wit