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Resource Guide: ‘Booth’ by Karen Joy Fowler

On February 2, 2022 the Folger’s virtual book club continues with a discussion of ‘Booth’ by Karen Joy Fowler. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to 19th-century Shakespeare performance and the Booth family.


Words, Words, Words: ‘Booth’ by Karen Joy Fowler

The Folger’s virtual book club, Words, Words, Words continues on Thursday, February 2 with a discussion of ‘Booth’ by Karen Joy Fowler. To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this intimate portrayal of one American family whose celebrity turned to infamy.


Resource Guide: ‘Black Cake’ by Charmaine Wilkerson

On December 1, 2022 the Folger’s virtual book club continues with a discussion of Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to food and food pathways.


Words, Words, Words: ‘Black Cake’ by Charmaine Wilkerson

The Folger’s virtual book club, Words, Words, Words continues on Thursday, December 1 with a discussion of Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this multi-generational family story.


Words, Words, Words: ‘Ramón and Julieta’ by Alana Quintana Albertson

The Folger’s virtual book club continues on Thursday, November 3 with a discussion of ‘Ramón and Julieta’ by Alana Quintana Albertson. To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this retelling of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ set amongst warring taco restaurants.


Resource Guide: ‘Shadowplay’ by Joseph O’Connor

On October 6, 2022 the Folger’s virtual book club continues with a discussion of ‘Shadowplay’ by Joseph O’Connor. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to Shakespearean performance and the historical characters that appear in the novel.


Words, Words, Words: ‘Shadowplay’ by Joseph O’Connor

The Folger’s virtual book club continues on Thursday, October 6 with a discussion of ‘Shadowplay’ by Joseph O’Connor. To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this peek into the Victorian theatre, Shakespearean performance, and the writing of ‘Dracula.’


Collection Connections: ‘Learwife’ by J.R. Thorp

Held on the first Thursday of the month, the Folger’s virtual book club is free and open to all. Here, Dr. emma poltrack, shares items she presented on September 8, 2022 as an introduction to Learwife by J.R. Thorp.


Resource Guide: ‘Learwife’ by J. R. Thorp

On September 8, 2022 the Folger’s virtual book club returns with a discussion of ‘Learwife’ by J. R. Thorp. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to King Lear, the novel, and motherhood.