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'Historical Fiction'

Apr 03

Tabb Book Readers: Historical Fiction Suggestions

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on April 3, 2019 at 2:46 PM by Elizabeth Land

Tabb Book Readers meets April 27

The Tabb Book Readers will be gathering on Saturday, April 27, at 1:30 p.m. Join us as we explore life in different time periods through historical fiction titles. Can't think of a good title? Click on "Continue Reading..." to discover recommendations hand-picked by our librarians.

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Jul 27

Review: The Lost Book of the Grail

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 4:59 PM by Elizabeth Land

If you love the feel of paper or the smell of books, then you have something in common with many of the characters featured in Charlie Lovett's novels. His brand of literary mystery thrusts a present-day book lover into a historical mystery that can often only be solved in dusty libraries.

Book cover for The Lost Book of the GrailHis first two novels explored whether famous authors actually penned the works that made them famous. In The Bookman's Tale, the much debated mystery of who authored the many plays attributed to Shakespeare is explored. And in First Impressions, Lovett casts doubt on whether Jane Austen actually wrote Pride and Prejudice. But far from being dry, academic explorations, Lovett excels at bringing to life both his present-day characters and the historical subjects of his mysteries. And his latest entry into the genre might be his most exciting yet.

The Holy Grail is the subject of his latest work, titled The Lost Book of the Grail.

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Jul 13

Review: The Bookman's Tale

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 13, 2017 at 2:54 PM by Elizabeth Land

The Bookman's Tale

In case you haven't heard about the many celebrations of William Shakespeare that have abounded this month, here is your notice that Virginia Shakespeare Initiative has only just begun to celebrate the most famous playwright of all time. Why start in April? According to the Folger Shakespeare Library, experts agree that William Shakespeare was probably born on April 23, 1564, based on the record of his baptism on April 26, 1564. Reading his plays isn't always everyone's cup of tea, but you can still get your Shakespeare fix with plenty of intriguing novels and nonfiction explorations of his life. One of my favorite novels is The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett, which poses the question that many scholars have attempted to answer over the years: Did Shakespeare really write the plays that made him a renowned the world over?

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