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POSTED 8/3/2011
REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY 30TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE WEBCAST
Current Reduced Shakespeare Company members Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor are joined by original members Jess Winfield, Daniel Singer, and Sa Winfield to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first -ever performance by the RSC. Tune in for their reminiscences, embarrassing anecdotes, and war stories at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/reduced-shakespeare-company. Monday, Aug. 8, 3pm-5pm PST. The webcast will also be available for subsequent offline viewing at the same link.

POSTED 7/21/2011
ESSAY COMING FROM VANTAGE BOOKS
Jess is contributing an essay on “Re-revising Shakespeare” to THE POETS AND THE PLAYERS: IMAGINING SHAKESPEARE IN OUR TIME, edited by Susannah Carson and coming soon from Vantage/Anchor books.

POSTED 7/30/2009
MY NAME IS WILL AUDIOBOOK NOW AVAILABLE
Download the unabridged audio version on iTunes or Audible.com. Performed by Jess himself.

TIP A PINT WITH JESS AT CROWN & ANCHOR IN THOUSAND OAKS
Is there a better place to discuss Shakespeare than a pub? Jess will read and answer questions on Thursday, August 13, 7:30pm, at Crown & Anchor.

POSTED 7/22/2009
MY NAME IS WILL AUDIOBOOK AVAILABLE 7/29/09
Download the unabridged audio version on iTunes or Audible.com. Performed by Jess himself.

COME SEE JESS LIVE AT LA'S BOOK SOUP
Jess will read and discuss the influence his experiences in TV and Film on his work. Think you've found a TV inspired scene in MY NAME IS WILL? You may have.
Wednesday, July 29, 7:00pm, at
Book Soup on the Sunset Strip.

POSTED 7/16/2009
MY NAME IS WILL A RECOMMENDED READ AT THE DAILY BEAST
Tina Brown's The Daily Beast calls My Name Is Will "William Shakespeare meets Looney Tunes."

TOP SHELF: MY NAME IS WILL TOPS THE LIST AT SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
The Chronicle's Top Shelf recommendations were compiled by the venerable Moe's Books, in Berkley. Jess was thrilled to see My Name Is Will top the list.

POSTED 6/21/2009
MY NAME IS WILL IN PAPERBACK NOW!
Although the official release date of MY NAME IS WILL in paperback is July 3, it's shipping now from amazon.com. My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare" rel="external">Click here to get your copy now.

MY NAME IS WILL
A CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD FINALIST
Jess recently attended the awards ceremony for the Commonwealth Club's 78th annual California Book Awards in San Francisco. MY NAME IS WILL was a finalist in the category of First Fiction. Jess is honored to have been nominated for the awards, whose past winners have included John Steinbeck, Joan Didion, Aldous Huxley, William Saroyan, T.C. Boyle, and Ray Bradbury. For a complete list of nominees and winners, click here.

POSTED 3/27/2009
ON NPR'S "ABOUT BOOKS" WITH FAYE CLOW
Jess will be discussing My Name Is Will, Shakespeare in general, and his own writing process on WVIK-FM at 10:00 am Central, noon Pacific on Saturday, March 28. You can catch the stream here. Or if you miss the live broadcast, visit WVIK's archive to hear the interview.

POSTED 2/6/2009
BOOK TOUR LAUNCH PODCAST NOW ONLINE
If you missed the grand opening event for Jess's summer book tour -- a conversation with the Shakespeare scholar and director Louis Fantasia as part of the Los Angeles Public Library's prestigious "ALOUD" lecture series -- a recording of the entire event is now online. Click here to get the podcast from the LAPL library website.

POSTED 12/14/2008
DAS FILMS OPTIONS FILM RIGHTS TO "MY NAME IS WILL"
Film rights to Jess's novel, MY NAME IS WILL, have been optioned by Das Films, which recently completed production on an adaptation of Paolo Coelho's novel VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE (starring Sarah Michelle Gellar), together with Richard Saperstein, former president of Dimension Films, whose credits include HANCOCK, SEVEN, and Stephen King's 1408. Shara Kay will executive produce.

POSTED 12/3/2008
COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] IN MIAMI
For the first time in a decade, the Reduced Shakespeare Company is performing the show that started it all, in a newly revised and updated text prepared by Jess and RSC founder Daniel Singer. The show runs through at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Check out the excellent review of the revised show in the Miami Herald.

JESS ON RSC PODCAST: PT. II.
The RSC podcast features Jess discussing the whys and wherefores behind The Complete Work of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] with Austin Tichenor. You can check it out over at the Reduced Shakespeare Co. website

POSTED 10/21/2008
JESS AT THE FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY
Jess will be appearing at the Folger Shakespeare Library, discussing My Name Is Will, on Monday, January 27 at 7:30 pm. The Folger is the largest Shakespearean scholarship institution in the world, and it should be a lively evening. For more information, visit the Folger events website.

POSTED 10/21/2008
INTERVIEW ON THE RSC PODCAST
The highly rated RSC podcast featured an in-depth interview with Jess about his new book, his early days with the RSC, and a wide-ranging set of topics in discussion with Austin Tichenor. You can check it out over at the Reduced Shakespeare Co. website.

POSTED 10/9/2008
JESS IN MINNEAPOLIS
The Twin Cities Festival of Books, hosted by R A I N T A X I, has Jess as one of its features authors. He'll be reading and signing MY NAME IS WILL at 3:30 at the MInneapolis Community & Technical College Auditorium. Visit www.raintaxi.com for more info.

POSTED 8/4/2008
NPR BOOKS WE LIKE: "IN WILL, ALL'S WELL"
NPR online has posted a great review by Lizzie Skurnick. "ls there another author today who would begin a tale of Shakespeare and self-discovery with two naughty references to the human anatomy and one use of a controlled substance?"

POSTED 8/3/2008

WEST COAST LIVE APPEARANCE
Jess's appearance on NPR's West Coast Live featured Jess reading (at host Mike Greensill's request) from his 1995 piece JAM JOY YES: James Joyce's Ulysses (abridged). He also performed the prologue to Romeo and Juliet in the voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose.

POSTED 7/28/2008
BLOOMBERG.COM RUNS STELLAR REVIEW
Jeffrey Burke has written
a very complimentary review of WILL: "Happily outrageous . . . The sex throughout is well done and not for the prim... Well done, Winfield."

NEW YORK TIMES: "EDITOR'S CHOICE!"
We've received advance word that MY NAME IS WILL will be an "
EDITOR'S CHOICE" in the New York Times Book Review for Sunday, August 3. The Times has been very kind to the book, mentioning it three out of the four past weeks.

JESS ON RADIO THIS WEEK
Jess will be featured on two prominent radio programs during the San Francisco Bay Area leg of his
book tour: West Coast Live, Saturday at 10:00 am on NPR (click here for a list of nationally syndicated stations), and KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny on Wednesday July 30.

POSTED 7/25/2008
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW: "A LUSTY, PUN-DRUNK FIRST NOVEL."
The New York Times Book Review of MY NAME IS WILL is online now. It's a lively piece about the novel that draws heavily on Jess's cartoony past to generate a mash-up that jumps blithely from references to Snagglepuss and Elmer Fudd to "British literato Walter Savage Landor." Does the Liesl Schillinger, the reviewer, like the book or not? "I'm not sure. I think she calls me a scurvy cur and a varlet," Jess said when asked about the piece. "But who cares, it's good writing."

The review also includes a link to
a great piece by New York Times blogger Jennifer Schuessler about the Brooklyn book crawl.

POSTED 7/23/2008

MY NAME IS WILL: PAGE 69 TEST
Marshall Zeringue's AmericaReads blog features My Name Is Will in his series on the Page 69 test: does page 69 of any given novel represent the book as a whole? Jess provides an interesting take on the question by contrasting the Page 69 from his original manuscript with the final, printed version.

POSTED 7/22/2008

BOOKPAGE gives MY NAME IS WILL a great review!
The periodical's August issue, which is distributed to nearly half a million subscribers including libraries nationwide, says "Winfield's heroes vault off the page in 3-D, Technicolor, surround-sound exuberance."

WILL MAKES NY TIMES "BEACH READING" ROUNDUP
My Name Is Will was included in Amy Virshup's "Newly Released" book roundup focusing on beach books for summertime reading.

POSTED 7/21/2008

LOS ANGELES TIMES RAVES ABOUT MY NAME IS WILL!
The Sunday Los Angeles Times Book Review 7/20 features a terrific review of Jess's new novel, calling it "hilarious," "fascinating" . . . "cunningly witty," "frolicsome," and "high-spirited."
Read the whole review here.

JESS IS A RECORD HOLDER!
On Saturday, Jess broke the world's record for MOST SHAKESPEARE PLAYS PERFORMED SOLO IN A SINGLE DAY IN BROOKLYN in an event sponsored by
Freebird Books. Check out this great article and podcast about the event as covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

There is also video of the event on YouTube:










SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL FEATURE
The Santa Cruz Sentinel
ran a feature article to coincide with Jess's appearance at the Capitola Book Cafe.

NEW COMIC-CON TIME
Jess will be appearing at San Diego Comic-Con, in a panel entitled "Eye on the Past," Thursday, Jul. 24, at 5:00 pm (revised from 6:00pm), in Room 8. He'll also be signing at the Hachette Book Group USA booth, Friday at 2:00.

RADIO INTERVIEW ON WNYC
Jess was a featured guest on WNYC with Leonard Lopate last week. Audio of the interview is here. (Latest version of Adobe Flash required).

RADIO INTERVIEW ON KQED
Jess will appear on NPR's West Coast Live, Saturday, August 2, 10:00am. Check local NPR listings for details.

POSTED 7/1/2008
NEW INTERVIEW
Read the new interview with Jess on Kelly Hewitt's "Loaded Questions" blog.

POSTED 3/16/2008
WHO WOULD SHAKESPEARE ELECT?
Jess has an op-ed piece in today's LA Times: The Bard as Pundit.

POSTED 1/1/2008
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JESS!
You can now read about the genesis of "MY NAME IS WILL" in Jess's short essay "Behind The Book."

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