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Recommended Reading: ‘Not Just Another Day Off’

A curated list of recommended reading related to ‘Not Just Another Day Off,’ our our annual celebration of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taking place on Monday, January 18, 2021.



Collection Connections: ‘Hamnet’

Dr. Emma Poltrack shares the Folger collection items she presented on December 3, 2020 as an introduction to ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell.


Resource Guide: ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell

On December 3, 2020 the Folger hosts its last Virtual Book Club of 2020 with ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to Anne (Agnes) Hathaway, life in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Shakespeare’s iconic play of grief and mourning.


Words, Words, Words: ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell

Folger Public Programs closes out our book club series for 2020 on Thursday, December 3, with a discussion of Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this moving account of marriage, motherhood, and grief.


Collection Connections: ‘License to Quill’

Rachel B. Dankert, Learning and Engagement Librarian, shares the Folger collection items she presented on November 5, 2020 as an introduction to ‘License to Quill’ by Jacopo della Quercia.


Resource Guide: ‘License to Quill’ by Jacopo della Quercia

On November 5, 2020 the Folger continues its Virtual Book Club with ‘License to Quill’ by Jacopo della Quercia. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to espionage, religion, the Gunpowder Plot, and some of the characters in this fast-paced thriller.


Words, Words, Words: ‘License to Quill’ by Jacopo della Quercia

Folger Public Programs celebrates bonfire night with our virtual book club, Words, Words, Words. On Thursday, November 5, we will be discussing Jacopo della Quercia’s License to Quill. We’ve compiled some introductory information on this James Bond-inspired Shakespeare thriller.