Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Want the Real Dirt on Cleopatra? Check This Out

Drag queen Cleo sez: "Take the class. But first you must kneel and bow to me!"
Isn't technology grand? Now you can study with a renown Cleopatra expert, online. Dr. Prudence Jones of Montclair State University is offering a summer online class on the great queen.

Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Wellesley College. She has published three books and numerous articles and was one of the experts included in the 2008 BBC/Discovery Channel documentary, Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer.

I used her two books on Cleo--Cleopatra: A Sourcebook and Cleopatra (Life & Times)--in my research for Cleopatra Rules! and was thrilled when she agreed to read my manuscript before publication. 

Here's the thing, though--my book is for kids. By necessity, some, er...not age-appropriate details were glossed over.  This class is for adults, so no holds barred.

Yup, now you can roll in the risque'! Savor the salacious! Pursue the prurient!  Oops no, I mean, now you can study for yourself the real details on how the great queen lived, died and endured in our collective fantasy world. Plus, she is including Cleopatra Rules! in some of her discussions.

How cool is that?

The class is open to all, so sign up here: https://sites.google.com/site/cleopatra99920/home.  Also, check out the youtube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YadvdiJEx84.

Seriously, sign-up. Or face the wrath of Drag-Queen Cleo Action Figure!


Gail said...

How awesome is that to have your book included in the syllabus of a professor's class!!!! And an expert on Cleo on top of it! I bow to your greatness, oh writer friend! Are you taking the class? Making a guest appearance, of sorts? Oh, I saw on Market My Words that your book is up for an award in NY State....go you!!! Big smiles and hugs. You inspire me to keep going.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

Very cool that she's using your book in her class!! Reciprocity man! :)

Karen Strong said...

Sounds like an interesting class! Too cool that she's using your book too!

Off topic: Okay, that close up of drag-queen Cleo actually made me choke on my tea. Whoa. Those are some really "strong" features going on there. LOL.

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Thanks Gail and E!

Karen, I know! That man-face cracks me up no matter how many times I look at it!

sally said...

I'd never seen Drag-Queen Cleo's face before. What a treat. heh heh

Glad to see the Cleopatra Rules getting some discussion time in adult circles. As much as I'd love to hear the grittier details of her life, I don't have time for any more classes this summer. I'm hoping D-Q Cleo doesn't bash me with her massive fists.

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Thanks Sally. Fortunately, drag queen Cleo will probably be too distracted to go after you with her man-hands!