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A Rose by Any Other Name: Mary McMyne in conversation with Dr. Sara Cleto

Wednesday July 17, 2024 07:00 PM EDT
Cost: Free
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This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register HERE. This event takes place at the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030.

Charis and the Georgia Center for the Book welcome Mary McMyne in conversation with Dr. Sara Cleto for a celebration of A Rose by Any Other Name. From the author of The Book of Gothel comes the lush, magical story behind Shakespeare’s sonnets, as told by one of his most famous subjects—the incendiary and mysterious Dark Lady.

My name has only been whispered, heretofore…

England, 1591. Rose Rushe’s passion for life runs deep—she loves mead and music, meddles with astrology, and laughs at her mother’s warnings to guard her reputation. When Rose’s father dies and a noble accuses her and her dear friend Cecely of witchcraft, they flee to the household of respected alchemists in London. But as their bond deepens, their sanctuary begins to feel more like a cage. To escape, they turn to the occult, secretly casting charms and selling astrological advice in the hopes of building a life together. This thriving underground business leads Rose to fair young noble Henry and playwright Will Shakespeare, and so begins a brief, tempestuous, and powerful romance—one filled with secret longings and deep betrayals. 

In this world of dazzling masques and decadent feasts, where the stars decide futures, Rose will write her own fate instead. 

Mary McMyne is a novelist, poet, and former English professor who is fascinated with the stories behind stories and the portrayal of women in history, folklore, and literature. She is the author of The Book of Gothel and a poetry chapbook Wolf Skin, which won the Elgin Chapbook Award. A graduate of the New York University MFA program, she has won the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Award for a Novel-in-Progress and has received a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, among other honors. She is the poetry editor for Enchanted Living.

Dr. Sara Cleto, folklorist, teacher, and writer. A word witch and fairy-tale scholar, she lives with her husband, their cats, and about a million books in a blue house in Atlanta. She is the co-founder of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, where she teaches creative souls how to re-enchant their lives through folklore and fairy tales. Her poetry and prose can be found in Enchanted Living, Uncanny Magazine, Liminality, and many others. She lives for a good collaboration.

The Georgia Center for the Book is committed to a safe environment. For the safety of their invited speakers, staff, and all attendees, we respectfully request that masks be worn in the venue for the duration of the event. We are currently limiting the capacity of the Auditorium to promote social distancing, so registration is required.

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