Monday, March 28, 2022



Words, Words, Words: A Virtual Book Club



Author M. L. Rio joins Virtually Everything!


Every month, we look forward to connecting with literary lovers around the world for our free, virtual book club, Words, Words, Words. But did you know there are many ways you can engage with the Folger from the comfort of your home, including through our robust Membership program?

Members of the Folger Shakespeare Library are invited to exclusive programs, including Virtually Everything! Folger Director Michael Witmore's monthly, smart, joyful interview series about... well, everything! Previous guests on the program include authors Deborah Harkness and Alexandra Petri.

On April 13, watch Mike's conversation with M. L. Rio, the author of this month’s book club pick If We Were Villains.

Folger members will automatically receive access to this exclusive event. We hope to see you there...and don't forget to bring your questions!

Virtually Everything: M. L. Rio

Wednesday, April 13, 5:30 pm ET

Live on Zoom | Exclusive for Folger Members



Announcing our May Book Club
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
May 5, 2022 at 6:30pm (ET)


Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work—her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying—as usual—on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?



Registration for this session opens Tuesday, April 12, at 4pm. Folger members receive early access to registration. To join us for our April 7 session on M. L. Rio's If We Were Villains, click here.


This month, we are excited to partner once again with One More Page Books, an independent bookstore in Arlington, VA offering books, wines, and chocolates. Their mission is to provide a place for community to come together to share a love of reading through author events, book clubs, and open conversation. Check them out at

Order online or by phone (703.300.9746). Curbside pickup is available at the shop from Monday-Saturday and shipping is also available. 

You can also order this title as an e-book or download an audiobook version from



In Person and Streaming Musical Performances from the Folger



Folger Consort is pleased to return to in-person concerts this season, performing medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music in the picturesque setting of St. Mark's on Capitol Hill. Our next concert, The Roman de Fauvel: Politics and Counterpoint in Medieval France (Apr 22 - 24), explores a 14th-century animal allegory, marrying a biting satirical text with medieval songs alongside the world premiere of new settings by composer Juri Seo.

A professionally filmed recording of this concert will be available for on-demand streaming May 6. Previous concerts now available to stream include Henry Purcell and Music of 17th-Century London and can be found on our website.



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