Author Reading: THE SHAKESPEARE REQUIREMENT by Julie Schumacher

Join us as we welcome Julie Schumacher for a reading and conversation in celebration of her new novel The Shakespeare Requirement. For this event, Julie will be in conversation with Amy Danzer. Register for this free event HERE.

Beleaguered English professor Jason Fitger, the unlucky protagonist of the Thurber Prize–winning novel Dear Committee Members, returns to Payne University and a sea of troubles, personal and institutional. His ex-wife is sleeping with the dean who must approve whatever modest initiatives he undertakes. The fearsome department secretary Fran clearly runs the show (when not taking in rescue parrots and dogs) and holds plenty of secrets she's not sharing. The lavishly funded Econ Department keeps siphoning off English's meager resources and has taken aim at its remaining office space. Fitger's attempt to get a antediluvian Shakespeare scholar to retire backfires spectacularly in this delicious romp of satire.

Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University, where she earned her MFA. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her 2014 novel, Dear Committee Members, won the Thurber Prize for American Humor; she is the first woman to have been so honored. She lives in St. Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota.
Amy Danzer works at Northwestern University where she manages several master’s programs - including the MA/MFA in creative writing program - and directs NU’s Summer Writers’ Conference. On the side, she interviews authors for Newcity and The Rumpus, at book stores and literary festivals, and is a contributing writer for Heauxs Chicago. When Danzer isn’t working, reading, or writing, she’s regularly at live lit events around town, and occasionally shares a story of her own.


Event date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
The Shakespeare Requirement: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385542340
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Published: Doubleday - August 14th, 2018