'Hapless and helpless': A comedic adventure in higher education

'The Shakespeare Requirement'
"The Shakespeare Requirement" by Julie Schumacher.
Courtesy of Doubleday

Julie Schumacher promises that the inappropriate antics of Jason Fitger, chair of the English Department at fictional Payne University, is no reflection of her own.

"It's great to create a little evil version of yourself and let that version say whatever it would like," said Schumacher to host Kerri Miller.

Schumacher spoke with Miller about her latest book, "The Shakespeare Requirement," and talked about the larks that take place in a higher education department.

Use the audio player above to listen to the entire interview.

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