An Interview with A.J. Hartley

february, 2023

22feb3:30 pm4:20 pmAn Interview with A.J. Hartley


(Wednesday) 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm


USF Student Center

200 6th Ave S

Event Details

Ann Morrison will be interviewing A.J. Hartley about his most recent book “Burning Shakespeare”, and the threat to the education of children and young adults of removing classics such as Shakespeare (and other “woke” literature) form school libraries.

“Burning Shakespeare” by A.J. Hartely

How would the world look without the influence of Shakespeare pervading so many aspects of life and culture and belief?

In a race against time, with the fate of lives and souls hanging in the balance, the forces of good and evil battle to save or destroy Shakespeare’s works. Which side works to which end? That is the question, isn’t it?


“I have met many who didn’t like Shakespeare but never someone who hated his work enough to destroy all trace of it. AJ Hartley’s novel about someone who loathed Shakespeare that much is smart, funny and action-packed. It’s also far more enjoyable than most people seem to suppose Shakespeare’s plays are.”

Peter Holland, Chair, International Shakespeare Association

**Copies of this book will be available for purchase at the conference**


Speakers for this event

  • A.J. Hartley

    A.J. Hartley

    A.J. Hartley (AKA Andrew Hart) is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels in a variety of genres including mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, paranormal, children’s and young adult. He has written adaptations of Macbeth and Hamlet with David Hewson (the latter winning Audible’s book of the year for 2014), and UFO mystery/thrillers with Tom DeLonge of Blink 182. The first book of his Steeplejack trilogy won International Thriller Writers’ YA book of the year for 2017. His most recent book is a playful, time-traveling fantasy adventure called Burning Shakespeare about someone who sells his soul to the devil so he can go back in time and wipe the Bard from history. As Andrew James Hartley he is UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Professor of Shakespeare studies where he specializes in performance issues. He is the author of scholarly books on dramaturgy, political theatre and performance history, and has edited collections about Shakespeare on the university stage, Shakespeare in millennial fiction, and (with Peter Holland) Shakespeare and geek culture. He was editor of Shakespeare Bulletin for a decade, and is currently editing Julius Caesar for Arden. AJ was born and raised in northwest England before living in Japan after his undergraduate degree and eventually moving to the United States for his MA and Ph.D from Boston University. He has a YouTube channel focused mainly on Japanese rock music. You can learn more about him at

  • Ann Morrison

    Ann Morrison

    Ann Morrison is a former editor for Time Inc. magazines in New York (Fortune), Hong Kong (Asiasweek) and London (Time). She has also taught journalism in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at Sciences-Po in Paris. She is an advisory board member of the American Library in Paris and continues to freelance for various publications.

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