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COMPANY 30TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE
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
Monday, Aug. 8, 3pm-5pm PST. The webcast will also be
available for subsequent offline viewing at the same
ESSAY COMING FROM
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.
MY NAME IS
WILL AUDIOBOOK NOW AVAILABLE
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
MY NAME IS
WILL AUDIOBOOK AVAILABLE
unabridged audio version on iTunes or Audible.com. Performed by Jess
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
Wednesday, July 29, 7:00pm, at Book Soup on the Sunset
MY NAME IS
WILL A RECOMMENDED READ
AT THE DAILY
Tina Brown's The Daily Beast calls My Name Is Will
"William Shakespeare meets
IS WILL TOPS THE LIST AT SAN
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
MY NAME IS
WILL IN PAPERBACK NOW!
official release date of MY NAME IS WILL in paperback is
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MY NAME IS WILL A CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARD
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.
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.
BOOK TOUR LAUNCH PODCAST
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
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
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
JESS ON RSC PODCAST: PT.
The RSC podcast
features Jess discussing the whys and wherefores
behind The Complete
Work of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Austin Tichenor. You can check it out over at the
Reduced Shakespeare Co.
JESS AT THE FOLGER
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.
INTERVIEW ON THE RSC
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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."
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
for Sunday, August 3. The Times has been very kind to the
book, mentioning it three out of the four past weeks.
ON RADIO THIS WEEK
Jess will be featured on two prominent radio programs
during the San Francisco Bay Area leg of his
West Coast Live, Saturday at 10:00 am on NPR
(click here for a list of nationally
and KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny on Wednesday July
YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW: "A LUSTY, PUN-DRUNK FIRST NOVEL."
New York Times Book Review of MY NAME IS WILL is
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.
NAME IS WILL: PAGE 69 TEST
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
gives MY NAME IS WILL a great review!
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."
MAKES NY TIMES "BEACH READING" ROUNDUP
Name Is Will was
included in Amy Virshup's "Newly
Released" book roundup
focusing on beach books for summertime reading.
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
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
Check out this
great article and podcast about the
as covered by
The Brooklyn Paper.
There is also video of the event on
CRUZ SENTINEL FEATURE
The Santa Cruz Sentinel
ran a feature article
to coincide with Jess's
at the Capitola Book Cafe.
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
RADIO INTERVIEW ON KQED
Jess will appear on NPR's West Coast Live,
Saturday, August 2, 10:00am. Check local NPR listings for
Read the new interview with Jess on Kelly Hewitt's
"Loaded Questions" blog.
WHO WOULD SHAKESPEARE
Jess has an op-ed piece in today's LA Times: The Bard as Pundit.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH
You can now read about the genesis of "MY NAME IS WILL" in
Jess's short essay "Behind The Book."