Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Registration for the Folger's June book club is now open!

Join us for Sweet Sorrow

Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club, is pleased to announce the next book discussion—Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30pm (Eastern Time).

Participation is free but registration is required. Click below to reserve your spot. 

All discussions will be held in Zoom and instructions for accessing the conversation will be sent out on the Tuesday prior.  We will also share the discussion questions, supplemental materials and suggestions for sips and snacks in advance.

Hope to see you there!


Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls, an illustration of a man and woman reading on their backs with the books obscuring their faces in shades of white, yellow and black against a blue background

Sweet Sorrow

by David Nicholls

Thursday, June 3, at 6:30pm (ET)


Now: On the verge of marriage and a fresh start, thirty-eight-year-old Charlie Lewis finds that he can’t stop thinking about the past, and the events of one particular summer.

Then: Sixteen-year-old Charlie Lewis is the kind of boy you don’t remember in the school photograph. But when Fran Fisher bursts into his life and despite himself, Charlie begins to hope. The price of hope, it seems, is Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet learned and performed in a theater troupe over the course of a summer.

Poignant, funny, enchanting, devastating, Sweet Sorrow is a tragicomedy about the rocky path to adulthood and the confusion of family life, a celebration of the reviving power of friendship and that brief, searing explosion of first love that can only be looked at directly after it has burned out.