Lois Leveen


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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December 5, 2014

Nazis!  Competitive Rowing!  Juliet’s Nurse!

It's always nice to be interviewed about your book. But it's especially nice to be interviewed by someone who is a truly thoughtful reader and interlocutor.

So it was a double delight to be back on The Writer's Voice to speak with Francesca Rheannon about Juliet's Nurse.

You can listen to it here. I come in about 30 minutes in, just after the rapping Romeo and Juliet. But if you listen to the first part of the show, you'll hear all about competitive rowing and Nazi bad guys. That's just how Francesca rolls.

Writer's Voice image

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December 4, 2014

Heard Any Great Books Lately?

AudioFile Magazine just gave an award to the audiobook of Juliet's Nurse.

Audio File Magazine

Be warned, their review contains a MAJOR spoiler, so you may want to check it out AFTER you listen to or read the book.

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