My current projects:
In Fair Verona: The Tale of Mercutio. While Romeo and Juliet play our their tragic love story in the background, Mercutio, Romeo’s charming but tormented friend, embarks on a forbidden love of his own, but neither he, the young courtesan he desires, or their secret devotion can escape the crossfire of the warring houses of Capulet and Montague.
If you're reading my short story Duty from Her Infinite Variety in the Shakespeare unit of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's nationally leading ELA curriculum Collections, I would LOVE to Skype with your class! Just email me at email@example.com.
My interview about Shakespeare in historical fiction on the fabulous Mary Mackey's site is still available. Mary is best known for her NYT bestseller A Grand Passion, her Earthsong Series, and her award-winning poetry.
Praise for previous books:
Her Infinite Variety: Stories of Shakespeare and the Women He Loved (Scribner):
"What a brave piece of work, to imagine Shakespeare's women . . . a book to stimulate the imagination and remind us of the richness of the Bard's legacy."
-- Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue
The Falling Nun and Other Stories (Scribner):
"Every story in Pamela Rafael Berkman’s new collection is thoroughly engaging because her vivid, angled characters always manage to snag us on their jagged hopes and fears."
-- Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
"The rituals of young urban women (office games, TV watching, parties, dating) mesh with darker ceremonies (tattooing, witchcraft, self-mutilation) in this collection of 12 fresh and vibrant stories....Berkman (Her Infinite Variety) has an uncanny understanding of a particular contemporary subclass of young women and captures them empathically and vividly."
-- Publishers Weekly