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WHY HOST IAN?
You may already be familiar with Ian's work through his best-selling William Shakespeare's Star Wars series. Now, he has brought his signature touch to two more beloved works of pop culture with William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls and William Shakespeare's Get Thee Back to the Future, both releasing on April 23, 2019 (which happens to be Shakespeare's birthday!). These two debut books in a new series give these fan-favorite films an Elizabethan makeover as stage plays. Each title is packed with favorite lines and scenes from the movies, as well as Easter eggs that will appeal to both devotees of The Bard and the active and passionate fandoms of each of these films.
William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls:
Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Jealousy. Betrayals. Star-crossed lovers. When you consider all these plot points, it’s pretty surprising William Shakespeare didn’t write Mean Girls. But now fans can treat themselves to the epic drama—and heroic hilarity—of the classic teen comedy rendered with the wit, flair, and iambic pentameter of the Bard. Our heroine Cady disguises herself to infiltrate the conniving Plastics, falls for off-limits Aaron, struggles with her allegiance to newfound friends Damian and Janis, and stirs up age-old vendettas among the factions of her high school. Best-selling author Ian Doescher brings his signature Shakespearean wordsmithing to this cult classic beloved by generations of teen girls and other fans. Now, on the 15th anniversary of its release, Mean Girls is a recognized cultural phenomenon, and it’s more than ready for an Elizabethan makeover.
William Shakespeare's Get Thee Back to the Future!:
In the iconic film by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, teenaged Marty McFly travels back in time from the 1980s to the 1950s, changing the path of his parents’ destiny . . . as well as his own. Now fans of the movie can journey back even further—to the 16th century, when the Bard of Avon unveils his latest masterpiece: William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future! Every scene and line of dialogue from the hit movie is re-created with authentic Shakespearean rhyme, meter, and stage directions. This reimagining also includes jokes and Easter eggs for movie fans, from Huey Lewis call-outs to the inner thoughts of Einstein (the dog). By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll be convinced that Shakespeare had a time-traveling DeLorean of his own, speeding to our era so he could pen this time-tossed tale.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ian Doescher is the New York Times best-selling author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars(R) series. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family. Visit him at IanDoescher.com.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Ian on his experience with school visits:
"When I Skype with classrooms or visit schools, the most frequent thing I do is talk about the process of getting my books published, read from the books a bit, talk about the overall writing process, and then answer questions. I've done that in both classrooms and in assemblies before to the whole school or some portion thereof. That said, I have also led writing workshops for classrooms or in school libraries, where I'm teaching a bit about meter and working with kids to write some samples. I've also worked with drama classes that are working on scenes from the books. But I'm open to just about whatever!"
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
DESIRED NUMBER OF STUDENTS
Ian is only available on May 2nd, 2019.
Ian will need a laptop hookup -- he has his own adapters for HDMI and USB-C. He will also need a microphone (for large audiences), a projector and screen.
PREPARING FOR IAN’S VISIT
Check out Ian's website HERE.
Vroman’s will create an order form that your school can use and distribute pre-author visit. We will also have book plates signed on the day of the event, for any students who turn in forms post-visit.
Under Order Comments (found at the bottom of the check out page), please include: NAME OF STUDENT, GRADE LEVEL, and who the book(s) should be PERSONALIZED to.
Under Pick-up Options, please select: I would like to pick this order up at the store (although these books are going to be delivered to students on campus, on the day of the event).
Under Pick-up Location, please select: Vroman's Bookstore.
Educators: please DO NOT give books to students who say they have ordered online. Vroman’s will be bringing online orders to the campus, if placed and confirmed, BEFORE the author visit.