'Tis the season to read about mythology

Today the Diane Rehm show on NPR spotlighted author Kenneth C. Davis and his book, Don't know much about mythology: Everything you need to know about the greatest stories in human history but never learned. Their on-air discussion touched on everything from Jewish myths to the Saturnalia, from the winter solstice to early Christianity. It was all fascinating. Currently all copies of this book are checked out, but readers drawn to myths will want to get on the waiting list.


Canongate is publishing a series of retellings of the myths with an introductory volume by Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth.
Published so far are The Penelopiad: the Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood and Weight: the Myth of Atlas and Heracles by Jeanette Winterson.
Due out next year are books on Theseus and the Mintaur and on Samson.