Thursday, May 27, 2010

Logistics: The Shakespeare in a Year Challenge

In just a few days, we'll kick off the Shakespeare in a Year Challenge: 38 plays in 52 weeks. Don't forget to vote on the play you want to read first! I'm looking forward to our discussions and debates, and I hope you are, too.

In the meantime, here are a few details about how the process will work:
  • On June 1, I'll announce the winner of the poll, and we'll start reading that play.
  • Each Sunday at noon, I'll post my thoughts on the current play. So, the first post will appear Sunday, June 6. Then, let the discussion begin! I'm hoping we can create a virtual book club, with plenty of debate.
  • Each Sunday, I'll also announce the reading assignment for the following week. We'll move in a very loose chronological order, with lots of deviations when I'm attending one of the plays (or just feel like reading something in particular).
I'm not very good at math, but it seems we have a few spare weeks, so we'll occasionally read some of Shakespeare's poetry or do a "two-week special" for a particularly dense play (e.g., King Lear).

We'll also take a few weeks off here and there when we need a break. I have eleven nieces and nephews and a mother-in-law who refuses to do her own cooking or Christmas shopping, so I guarantee you a break around the holidays.

Any questions? Your mission, before June 1, is to make sure you have copies of the plays and to get your friends involved. The more people who join the Challenge, the better!

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