Could Macbeth be to Halloween what A Christmas Carol is to Noël? Based on the number performances starring the Thane of Cawdor this month, all signs seem to point to yes. Among the various renditions, Shakespeare’s tragedy exploring the darkest and bloodiest elements of human nature appears in wildly different venues on either ends of the country this month.
If you’re looking for a literary take on Halloween, check out the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford this month, which will be hosting an after-hours ghost tour while discussing 19th-century Spiritualism. Read more at the Fine Books Blog.
We couldn’t get through October without mentioning wolves, and herewith are two tales that celebrate the oft-maligned and misunderstood canis lupus. @newyorkreviewbooks @eerdblurbs The New York Review Children’s Collection recently reissued Catherine Storr’s (1913-2001) collection of modern-day fables called The Complete Polly and the Wolf. Originally published in the U.K. in 1955, Storr’s stories of little Polly outwitting
Two for Tuesday In our last Halloween-themed post,we meet cuddly monsters and vampires sure to impress little ghouls with their charming ways. First up is Fred, by Kaila Eunhye Seo (Peter Pauper Press, $15.99, 40 pages, ages 4-8), a story about a young boy surrounded by amazing creatures only he can see. That is, until
The Little Witch, by Otfried Preussler, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Winnie Gebhardt-Grayler; The New York Review Children’s Collection, $15.95, 131 pages, ages 6-9. This spooky story is set on Walpurgis Night, or “Witches’ Night”, which takes place on April 30 in Central Germany. Legend has it that on the highest peak of the
Halloween is still two weeks away, yet goblins, witches and faux headstones already claim valuable lawn space across the country. While the kids celebrate with silly tricks and sticky treats, why not indulge grown-ups this season with work by the marvelously gloomy Edward Gorey. Located in the Flatiron neighborhood in Manhattan, B&B Rare Books is featuring three