Notable: Bard books Shakespeare, as ever, inspires. Here are a few more new books, from fictional to frolicsome.
Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady (Picador) by Sally O'Reilly is a historical novel about a young woman whose life takes her from Queen Elizabeth's court to plague-ridden London, with a spell in the arms of a certain playwright.
Shakespeare in America: An Anthology From the Revolution to Now (Library of America), edited by James Shapiro, with a foreword by President Bill Clinton, is a fascinating survey of the writer's importance to our culture and his influence on literature, politics, entertainment and more.
Thou Spleeny Swag-Bellied Miscreant: Create Your Own Shakespearean Insults (Running Press) by Sarah Royal and Jillian Hofer is a flip book in three sections that lets you search for just the right taunt for that ruttish rump-fed pignut who took your parking space.
William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth (Quirk) by Ian Doescher is an inspired illustrated mashup that retells the space adventure in artful iambic pentameter and answers the question: What light through Yoda's window breaks?
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor