Writing with a quick update to say we’ve added a second night at Waterstones Trafalgar Square next week, since so many people missed out on the first batch. You can snag tickets for my Wednesday appearance here.
Hope to see you soon! But if you can’t make it, don’t worry–I’ll be leaving signed stock with a couple other bookshops around the city. Follow me on socials for the most up-to-the-minute updates.
A lot of people have been working together to make this special edition a reality, since way back in December of 2021. Our marvelous illustrator, Angie Hoffmeister, really captured the atmosphere of the story, and the good people at Titan Books gave it a dust jacket worthy to contain the artwork inside. As for me, I’ve spent hours at my desk, or my coffee table, and even hotel bars or elsewhere on the road, signing 25,000 tip-ins. It’s humbling to think that that many people might want to have a piece of paper I scribbled and creased and spilled coffee on; it’s surreal to see all our efforts come together in a physical object you can have and hold.
Of course, since I’m still in the States, many readers will get their hands on it before I do. But that’s okay–this book really belongs to you. Without the readers who rallied behind it, there would have been no reason to do this thing in the first place. So thanks, from me and everybody on the UK Villains team.
Time for the inevitable plug: if you haven’t ordered yours yet, you can do that here. Because they’re signed and my arms can only withstand so much, quantities are limited.
My agents and I have been working on this quietly for some months, and it’s surreal to finally be able to share. We waited a long time for the right offer from the right people, and this promises to be an incredible collaboration.
To be clear, an option is just that–an option–but it’s a pretty groovy one and I’m excited to be a part of the team trying to bring this thing to life. You can read more about the project and the team here, here, and here, but the best way to keep up with news is to follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
We’re excited to give you a glimpse at the illustrated anniversary edition of Villains, which will be published in the UK by Titan Books this fall. It’s a beautiful hardback, signed by me, and illustrated throughout–including the gorgeous colored endpapers pictured below. You can pre-order it here (yes, international shipping is available). Because there is a limited quantity, if you can’t stand to miss this one, place your order soon.
I’m thrilled to be partnering with Bookshop this month for a paperback discount! You can find the book–and my storefront–here. But that’s not all–keep your eyes peeled for a special, Shakespearean reading list (curated by me) later this week.
Some news! It’s hard to believe the fifth anniversary of the publication of Villains is upon us, and even harder to believe there are enough people out there who have enjoyed it to justify a new edition. If you missed out on the special edition released last year, now’s your chance to grab a beautiful new hardcover with my little scribbles inside.
You can pre-order the book here, or buy from any good bookshop.
We have a very busy April on the books (it is, after all, the month of Shakespeare’s birth and death) and I’m excited to share that If We Were Villains is the Folger Shakespeare Library’s book club pick. I’ll be participating in a virtual discussion with the book club on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can register to attend here. I’ll also be joining director Michael Witmore for a conversation as part of the Virtually Everything series, available only to library members, at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 13. You can become a member and find event details here.
Next week I’ll be participating in a online festival of staged readings composed entirely of early modern history plays not written by Shakespeare, hosted by the Brave Spirits theatre company. Here’s a little more info from their website:
BST’s online reading festival celebrates history plays of the English early modern stage, revealing the breadth and popularity of the history genre during Shakespeare’s era. Including works by playwrights such as Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Heywood, George Peele, and John Ford, these plays span historical events from 1199 to 1499 and live in conversation with Shakespeare’s history plays, providing source material and alternate versions of events and characters.
You can find the details for the whole run here; I’ll be reading Constance in George Peele’s King John on Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. eastern time, so if you’ve ever wanted to see me do verse, now’s your chance! Hope you’ll join us.