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Howard Jacobson: Shylock Is My Name

18 Feb 2016

On Monday 11 April at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate

Howard Jacobson

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson’s is one of the authors commissioned as part of The Hogarth Shakespeare programme to write prose ‘retellings’ of Shakespeare’s plays for the modern reader in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death.

The new novel Shylock Is My Name, published in February 2016, is inspired by Shakespeare's most performed play, The Merchant of Venice and bends time to its own advantage as it asks what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being in the modern world.

Howard Jacobson will read from the book, which is set in Cheshire, and discuss it with John McAuliffe in the Historic Reading Room of The John Rylands Library. From 5.30pm, there will be an opportunity to view Shakespeare’s First Folio, and the 1609 edition of the Sonnets, which are on display in the Rylands Gallery.

This event is part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations coordinated by King's and Hogarth Shakespeare, a major publishing initiative across the Penguin Random House Group.


This event is FREE but booking is essential.

The book:

  • Please call Box Office on 0161 275 8951
  • or book via email: (please make email requests no later than 4pm Monday 4 April 2016)

Tickets are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.

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