The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting Churchill's Shakespeare, thru January 6.Winston Churchill, the esteemed leader who led Britain during World War II, was a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare, and Churchill's works were "shaped by Shakespeare's writing and ideas." “For the first time, this exhibition brings together photographs, posters, theater programs, personal letters, manuscripts, rare books, and more from the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Churchill’s home Chartwell, and other collections. Among other items, Churchill's Shakespeare includes his familiar hat, bow tie, and walking stick—and some of his own copies of Shakespeare's plays. Visitors can also hear Churchill's speeches, listen to Shakespearean actors, and watch key video clips. Georgianna Ziegler, who is the Folger’s Associate Librarian and Head of Reference Emerita, curated the exhibition. Image below: The banner for Churchill's Shakespeare
The O.B. Hardison Poetry series at the Folger Shakespeare Library will present the Anthony Hecht Prize, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, to Christopher Cessac in The Folger Theatre on November 5. The Waywiser Press annually awards the prize for a collection by a poet who has published no more than one previous book of verse. The award includes publication and a $3,000 prize. Prize judge Sir Andrew Motion is the author of several poetry collections and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984 and knighted in 1999. Christopher Cessac won the prize for his book titled The Youngest Ocean. The introduction and conversation will be moderated by Waywiser Press editor-in-chief Phillip Hoy.
The National Archives will present a discussion with author Bob Drury about Valley Forge, which Drury co-authored with Tom Clavin, on October 29.The book offers an inspiring account of Valley Forge, the Continental Army winter camp where George Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution in 1778. A book signing will follow the program. Visit www.archives.gov/
The National Archives will present a discussion and book signing with Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss on November 28.Mr. Beschloss will talk about his book titled Presidents of War - moderated by author and political commentator Cokie Roberts. The book “takes a look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into war and mobilized their country for victory.”Beschloss “takes us into the room as the Presidents – from James Madison to recent times - make the most difficult wartime decisions.
Image below: Michael Beschloss (Photo by Stephen Voss) & the cover of Presidents of War
The Spy Museum will present a program titled Secret World: A History of Intelligence with historian Christopher Andrew, who wrote the authorized history of MI5 Defend the Realm on November 13. The author previously charted the rise of the KGB in The Sword and the Shield. Now, he has written the first-ever global history of intelligence. Andrew will be joined in conversation with Spy Museum historian Vince Houghton for a look at three millennia of intelligence history from the spies of the Bible to the codebreakers of the Napoleonic wars and Bletchley Park to the new challenges posed in the 21st century. The book will be available for sale and signing at the event.