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Join the Folger Shakespeare Library May 5 for "Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler via Zoom
for Vinegar Girl
Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club,
is pleased to announce the next book discussion – Vinegar
Girl by Anne Tyler on Thursday,
May 5, at 6:30pm (ET).
Participation is free, but registration is
required. Click below to reserve your spot. Please note the
discussion questions include spoilers.
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.
Pulitzer Prize-winner and American master Anne
Tyler (French Braid,A Spool of Blue
Thread) brings us an inspired, witty and
irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most
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
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
Why did we
choose this book?
Shakespeare Library's collection explores not only Shakespeare's
life and works, but also the plays' historical context, source
material, critical and performance histories, and the ways in which
they inspire and are adapted by contemporary novelists.
part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, borrows its plot structure
and character inspirations from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew,
updating its themes of gender roles and marriage to reflect
with If We Were Villains
Not able to join us
for this month's discussion of If We Were Villains by
M. L. Rio? The Folger Spotlight has introductory and
supplemental material—including discussion questions—to help you
explore the book or even host your own conversation.
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.
Wednesday, April 13, Mike will join in conversation with M. L. Rio
to discuss Shakespearean Fictions, His and Ours. Hear
from the If We Were Villains author and bring your questions
(but keep in mind—she won't talk about the ending!).
like to thank the following organizations for their generous
support of this program
deeply grateful to have you as a part of the Folger community.
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help sustain Folger Programs.