For Book Clubs

If your book club is reading Finding Kate, I would love to hear from you! Reach out to me at shaxpeare(at)live(dot)com and I’ll be happy to schedule a visit — in person, if possible, or via Skype — during which we can talk about the book.

Here are some questions I usually discuss with book clubs:

About the book and the play it is based upon, William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew 

  • Why write a book based on this play? Isn’t the play misogynistic and prejudiced against women?
  • How much of the book follows the play and how much did you change? Specifically, what did you change and why?
  • Why did you change the setting of the play from Renaissance Italy to medieval England? Why not set it in Shakespeare’s time, if you were going to move it?
  • What historical and literary tradition is behind the idea of “taming” a “shrew”? What aspects of that tradition do you think Shakespeare was responding to? What aspects did you draw upon?
  • Why did you make Kate a woman of the merchant class and not a princess or member of the nobility?
  • Why “Sir William” for Petruchio?
  • Where did the hawk motif come from?

About the writing and publishing process

  • How long did it take you to write this book?
  • How did you get published? How does that process work? Did it take a long time?
  • What is your writing process like? Do you work from an outline? Do you write from beginning to end?