Big Library Read is Back!

From today through March 31, Windsor Public Library is once again participating in Overdrive’s Big Library Read. This time around we are reading/discussing Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, by Laura Bates.


Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.

Like what you’re reading? For the next two weeks you can immediately access it as an eBook or eAudiobook through our Overdrive collection – no holds, no waitlists. Print copies can also be reserved through Bibliocommons, our online library catalogue.


The Big Library Read is a global online book club that is sponsored by Overdrive. It connects readers around the world by making it possible for all participants to access the same eBook & eAudiobook at the same time for free, through their library. You can learn more about the book and the author, as well as view some of the past selections by visiting the Big Library Read website:


You can join the conversation on Twitter using #BigLibraryRead. We will also put the book up for conversation in our Goodreads Online Book club. Happy Reading!

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