Lois Leveen


March 3, 2015

Dialogue with Marcia Franklin

Call it the Not-so-old Girls' Network:

Last November, I gave 4 talks in 4 days on a whirlwind trip to Boise. And I got to hang out with a dear friend from grad school whom I hadn't seen in years. I finally got to meet her kids. And her horses. This is Idaho we're talking about.

And she introduced me to the smart and insightful Marcia Franklin, who hosts one of the best programs on public television, "Dialogue." Marcia and I had a great conversation about black history, Shakespeare, historical fiction, and well, click here and you'll know it all.

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February 10, 2015

Romeo is a Dirtbag. So Why Is Romeo and Juliet Our Favorite Love Story?


Just in time for Valentine's Day, I've written a piece for The Huffington Post on why Romeo and Juliet is, er, not quite the love story we like to (mis)remember it as.

You can read it here.

It includes a cameo by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel . . . because I know you want to see Leonard Bernstein in a speedo. Not.

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January 20, 2015

AM Northwest On-Air Bookclub

As we all know, Oprah's Book Club saved literature in America.

I mean that in all seriousness. Oprah encourage people to read. To read regularly, and to talk about what they were reading. She reminded us that in an increasingly hectic world, books remain a pleasure to be relished. She inspired lots of other book clubs, on the air and in real life.

Including this Helen Raptis's book club on KATU-TV's morning program AM Northwest, where I'm delighted to have been this month's featured author:

And yes, Helen is wearing a denim jacket with leopard print accents. As you may know, leopard print is my favorite color!

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January 20, 2015

Between Shakespeare’s Lines

I'm quite delighted to be featured in the new issue of Shakespeare magazine, which includes an in-depth interview about my writing process, and also a lot of goofy pictures of me Shakespearing my way around Europe.

Shakespeare Magazine spread

You can read the article here (their online reader is a bit funky, but it should work).

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December 18, 2014


Last spring, I auctioned myself off. As part of a fundraiser for the Oregon Jewish Museum, I donated a signed first-edition of Juliet's Nurse, along with a visit to the winner's book club.

Today, the winner collected.

Book Club reading Juliet's Nurse

We had a great conversation about the novel, the history, the pleasure of reading widely, the wonders of Multnomah County Library (greatest library system in the US), the life of the writer, and what it's like to live in Portland versus New York or Los Angeles.

I've met with lots of book clubs discussing The Secrets of Mary Bowser, and even some virtual book clubs doing Juliet's Nurse, but this was the first time I got to sit down in person with a Juliet's Nurse club. What a great way to spend one of the darkest days of the year.

There's a great reading group guide for the novel, available here if your book club would like a bit of prompting.

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