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Read a Twist on the Classics

For National Library Week, Library Assistant Falicia is highlighting some classic myths and stories given new life through dramatization and retelling.

Please note that some of the links are for other partner libraries in the state of Massachusetts. Did you know that you can borrow from any consortium in the state of Massachusetts? You just need to add your card to their system. Instructions are located on our Facebook page – Partner Libraries or by checking out our blog post on Electronic Resources.

Mythology Retellings:

The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

1001 Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh

Grendel by John Gardner

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris


Fairy Tale Retellings:

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katharine Arden

Snow, Glass, Apples (Graphic Novel) by Neil Gaiman

Fables: Legends in Exile (Graphic Novel) by Bill Willingham



Tales– This biweekly podcast reads classic fairy tales in all their original dark glory with a quick look at their historical context.

Mythology– A weekly audio drama bringing classic myths to life.