Please join us for John Glavin's book-signing for his new memoir, The Good New: A Tuscan Villa, Shakespeare, and Death. With a slide show of the Tuscan Villa setting.
Both Fay Weldon and the author of the Batman movies sing Prof. Glavin's praises, among many others.
Glavin returns to Italy to teach Shakespeare’s Italian plays to contemporary American students. In the process they all come to understand themselves and their own lives in deep and revealing ways.
Glavin is trying to come to terms with his wife’s recent battle with cancer, only to discover that one of his Italian relations has been kidnapped and murdered by the mafia. Suddenly the betrayals of Merchant of Venice and the murders of Othello are no longer matters of the past. At the same time his students, who only want a Shakespeare relevant to themselves, learn that they may gain more by making themselves relevant to Shakespeare.
Written primarily as a first-person travel diary, The New Good is divided into three roughly equal parts from September to November. By no means limited to its academic background, the story often travels beyond Fiesole, near Florence, including the author’s reluctant investigation–at his cousin’s request–into her young son’s suspicious “suicide.”
This is a book for anyone who loves literature, or who loves Italy.