The Bard may not have actually penned novels, but he has inspired three forthcoming ones. Take your pick from popular fiction, historical fiction and fantasy—each one features a character named William Shakespeare (and one actually has two characters with that famous name).
|My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeareby Jess Winfield (Twelve, July)||Willby Christopher Rush (Overlook, Sept.)||Hell and Earthby Elizabeth Bear (Roc, Aug.)|
|Author||Founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company||Taught Shakespeare for 30 years||Spent five years researching Shakespeare|
|Takes place||Present-day California||England, March 1616||England, late 1500s|
|Shakespeare is...||Willie Shakespeare Greenberg, a perpetually stoned grad student||A bedridden writer dictating his will to a gluttonous lawyer||Released from hell and fortifying Queen Elizabeth I with his poetry|
|Blurb||“Shakespeare in Love on magic mushrooms.”—Christopher Buckley||“[He has] done an impossible job surprisingly well.”—Alasdair Gray||“Bear proves... that she can fill a stage as well as any Elizabethan playwright.”—PW|