Lois Leveen


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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November 3, 2014

Parla Italiana?

I grew up in a predominantly Italian neighborhood, and about all I learned to say is "lasagna." Though with the right lasagna, that one word can be enough.

I've since studied Italian, although I have to admit, I do not know enough to decipher this lovely article, which is about me and my research on Juliet's (alleged) balcony. It's from La Stampa, a newspaper in Turin.

La Stampa

That's worth celebrating. With a whole plate full of lasagna.

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October 31, 2014

The Biggest Shakespeare Fallacy?

What's the most famous scene in *Romeo and Juliet*?

Heck, it's probably the most famous scene in all of Shakespeare.

Make that, all of English drama.

Yup, the balcony scene. Except, there is no balcony in Romeo and Juliet -- the word didn't even exist in English until after Shakespeare died.

So why do we all associate it with his play? Let's just say, you ought to be wondering "Wherefore art thou, Marius?"

Read all about it via The Atlantic.

Atlantic piece

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