Hoosier Authors Book Club announces 2024 schedule

Club to read ‘Shakespeare Saved My Life’ by Laura Bates


The Hoosier Authors Book Club enters its ninth year with five planned book discussions.

The first meeting will take place at 7 p.m. April 18 in the Lew Wallace Carriage House, 200 Wallace Ave. The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum’s book club will discuss “Shakespeare Saved My Life” by Laura Bates. There are a limited number of books and one audio version now available for check out at the Carriage House at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum.

In this captivating memoir, Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Bates takes us on an extraordinary journey through the darkest corners of incarceration, where she shares the incredible story of a prisoner’s redemption through the timeless words of William Shakespeare.

“Shakespeare Saved My Life” is a riveting testament to the transformative power of literature, showcasing how the universal themes of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption resonate even in the harshest of circumstances. Bates’s poignant narrative highlights the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for personal growth, no matter the circumstances.

Other books that will be read by the Hoosier Authors Book Club this year include: “Hoosier Public Enemy: A Life of John Dillinger” by John A. Beinke on June 20, “You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson on July 18, “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green on Sept. 19, and “The Magic Garden” by Gene Stratton-Porter on Oct. 24.

All discussions are free and open to the public.

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