"My library was dukedom large enough." — William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Perhaps no author is more quoted (and sometimes misquoted) than William Shakespeare. This year, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard, the 2016 Adult Winter Reading Program features books and plays that remind us that Shakespeare is still inspiring novelists, playwrights, and poets.
All titles on a suggested reading list take inspiration from Shakespeare and his works, from the foolish wisdom of King Lear's jester to Hamlet's multiple portrayals of grief over the loss of a father. There's also an amusing mashup of the Bard and the Force (as in "be with you").
See how a number of today's writers have put their own spin on some of Shakespeare's most beloved storylines during the two-month program, themed A Winter's Tale Spin. It's part of an extended celebration of Shakespeare accompanying a June exhibit at the Library that will feature a rare, nearly 400-year-old First Folio – the first printed collection of Shakespeare's plays.