Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare publishes new young adult fantasy
Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare Andrew Hartley has a new book, published by Tor Teen and released on June 6. “Firebrand” is the second novel in Hartley’s “Steeplejack” young adult series, set in a 19th-century South African-inspired fantasy world.
“Steeplejack” received glowing reviews and has been nominated for the International Thriller Writers best young adult novel award. Actress Noma Dumezweni performed the “Steeplejack” audiobook and has returned for “Firebrand,” released by Audible on June 6, concurrent with the print edition.
Hartley, who has several additional works of fiction underway, continues to research Shakespeare from unexplored perspectives. In March, he and Peter Holland, Shakespeare professor at Notre Dame University, presented a seminar discussion on “Shakespeare and Geek Culture” at the annual conference of the Shakespeare Association of America. They are planning an essay collection on the same topic.
Returning from a writing sabbatical in the 2016-17 academic year, Hartley will teach “Theatrical Shakespeare” this fall.