As the Literature Lady, Chris Brookes owns more costumes than clothes in order to bring history and literature to life for her re-creations of literary and historical figures from a variety of time periods: the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Victorian times, the 1860's to the 1960's. Chris's one-woman, researched-based shows for schools, clubs, organizations, libraries, and senior centers are enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Her love of performing started in kindergarten when she played the Troll in Three Billy Goats Gruff. Since then, she has performed as Lady Bacon at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and has played a variety of characters with several community theater companies.
Chris, a Lake Geneva, WI native, graduated from the University of Michigan and Viterbo University with degrees in Education and taught in Michigan, Texas, and Wisconsin in grades Pre-K through 8. After retiring from the classroom, Chris added performing, presenting, and traveling to her repertoire. Currently she offers adult travel classes for graduate credit through Tools for Learning and regularly teaches for Road Scholar, a division of Elderhostel, Inc.
CjB Productions produced an educational DVD Introduction to the Elizabethan Age in 2008. In 2012, after years of study, Chris has co-authored and published an alternative history of the legend of King Arthur, Arthur of the Gododdin, with Michael Ferenz. Both items are available in the LitLady shop.
She is a member of the Wisconsin Humanities Council and DPI Speakers Bureaus, Northlands Storytelling Network, AAUW and DAR.
"A confidence in the future depends on a reverence for the past."
- Arthur Herman, How the Scots Invented the Modern World
"The past is a foreign country - they do things differently there."
- L. P. Hartley
"Scientia est potentia - Knowledge is Power."
- Francis Bacon
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page."
- St Augustine