Ivoryton Library

Dear Friends and Readers, The evening was tremendous fun. I managed Renaissance costume, imagine! Maybe that helped sell lots of books. A shout out to Christina Britton Conroy, who helped me choose my dress and headgear from The Pyramid Collection and Etsy, respectively (Everyone asks).  It was a warm crowd, with engaged questions. It’s really …

Review!

Exciting thoughtful recent review form thriller and historical fiction author Gray Basnight. Do check out his novels. Deep appreciation for such an attentive reading. Gray Basnight’s review Jan 23, 2020 Read 2 times. Meticulous research and a smart writing style combine for a story of 16th Century intrigue, espionage, and lust within the courts of …

Plagues, Theatres, and Deception: Part 3/3 (or, Are You Sick and Tired of Chocolates and Red Hearts?)

MIRACLE PLAGUES WITHOUT CASUALTIES Dear friends and readers, here’s my concluding on how Elizabeth and her councillors managed each other during political turmoil. My material comes from Barbara Freedman’s superb article Protest, Plague and Plays: Rereading the “Documents of Control.” English Literary Renaissance, Vol. 26 # 1, Winter 1996. University of Chicago Press. Elizabeth was …

Plagues, Theatres, and Deception: Part 2/3

Dear friends and readers, here’s my continuation on how Elizabeth and her councillors managed each other during political turmoil in the 1580s and 90s. I have drawn my material from Barbara Freedman’s superb article Protest, Plague and Plays: Rereading the “Documents of Control.” English Literary Renaissance, Vol. 26 # 1, Winter 1996. University of Chicago …

Portcullis. Greyhound. Short-necked king with fat face. Long-necked king with thin face. How getting these images muddled up nearly derailed Elizabeth I’s signature economic achievement: purifying English coinage.

Dear friends and readers, To welcome our new decade, I want to share another vignette from my enduring fascination with what made Elizabeth I an astute politician, one of the most successful European rulers of her time. Confession: the drama of the near-failure and scramble to triumph of Elizabeth’s most cherished reform in 1560-62 excites …

OPEN ENCHANTING HISTORICAL CLOSETS WITH THREE NY NOVELISTS

Enjoy drinks at my next event with HNS fellow authors Christina Britton Conroy and Joshua Ian. Author readings, with slides and videos; Q & A. January 30, 2020 7:00 PM Bureau of General Services—Queer Division: 208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No …