Author Talk and Book Signing Tonight

Takoma Park Library

Author Talk and Book Signing Tonight

November is National Novel Writing Month, so there is no better time to join us at the Takoma Park branch on Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm to hear local author Kathryn Johnson discuss her latest work, The Gentleman Poet: A Novel of Love, Danger, and Shakespeare' s 'The Tempest' and the ins and outs of writing historical fiction.
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According to the publisher's press release:  "In her dramatic and compelling new Kathryn Johnson suggests that William Shakespeare did not merely base 'The Tempest' on a story he read of 17th century shipwreck and survival off the Bermuda coast--but rather, he lived it."

Publishers Weekly writes "Johnson imagines a backstory for Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' in this entertaining tale of mystery, romance, and shipwreck... a well-crafted drama."

According to Booklist, "[T]his well-researched novel is sure to win praise from historical-fiction readers, but it will also appeal to Shakespeare buffs, who will enjoy the parallels to 'The Tempest.'"

Kathryn Johnson, a Silver Spring, Maryland resident, has authored more than 40 published novels, is an Agatha Award finalist and honoree of the American Library Association. She serves on the Board for the Mystery Writers of America/Mid- Atlantic Region, Founder in 2006 of Write by You (, an author's mentoring service, and she teaches at the renowned Writer's Center in Washington, DC.