Nothing Happened: A Shakespearean Retelling

TUE, MAY 15, 2018 (00:39)

Young adult author Molly Booth talks about her novel, Nothing Happened, with author Katie Bayerl. Booth’s novel is a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in which sisters Bee and Hana juggle their camp counselor responsibilities with simmering drama at the idyllic Camp Dogberry. Image: Book Cover

+ BIO: Molly Booth

Molly Booth (she/her/hers) writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She’s the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET and NOTHING HAPPENED, both published by Disney Hyperion. In high school, she was a stage manager for three different community theatres, which almost killed her. She graduated from Marlboro College and went onto study more Shakespeare (twist!) at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freelance writer and editor and has been published on,,, and various other websites. She co-hosts a Bardcentric podcast, Party Bard, and directs a lovely, hilarious, and fierce group of homeschooling teen Shakespearean actors. She also speaks and teaches workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, book fairs, camps, and libraries. Molly lives in Massachusetts, where she spends a lot of time with family and friends, and the rest attending to her queenly cat and loaf-of-bread-shaped dog. ​

+ BIO: Katie Bayerl

When Katie Bayerl isn’t penning stories, she coaches teens and nonprofits to tell theirs. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught creative writing in schools and a variety of community settings. She currently leads the VCFA Young Writers Network and teaches classes for teens at GrubStreet. Katie has an incurable obsession with saints, bittersweet ballads, and murder. A Psalm for Lost Girls (spring 2017, Putnam) is her first novel.

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