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Registration for the Folger's June book club is now open!
for Love in Color
Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club,
is pleased to announce the next book discussion – Love
in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World,
Retold by Bolu Babalola on Thursday,
June 2, at 6:30pm (ET).
We will be joined by an actor from this
summer’s Folger Theatre production of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream to help us explore collection items
related to Babalola’s contemporary retellings.
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.
in Color: Mythical Tales
from Around the World, Retold by
June 2, at 6:30pm (ET)
A high-born Nigerian goddess, who has been
beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover,
longs to be truly seen.
A young businesswoman attempts a great leap in
her company, and an even greater one in her love life.
A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to
decide whether she should uphold her family’s politics or
be true to her heart.
In her debut collection, internationally
acclaimed writer Bolu Babalola retells the most beautiful
love stories from history and mythology with incredible new
detail and vivacity. Focusing on the magical folktales of
West Africa, Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient
legends from the Middle East, and stories from long-erased
With an eye towards decolonizing tropes
inherent in our favorite tales of love, Babalola has
created captivating stories that traverse across
perspectives, continents, and genres.
Love in Color is a celebration of romance in all its many
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.
engaged with Greek mythology
in crafting his plays, using the imagery to enrich his stories. Two
of the myths Babalola chooses to retell in her collection—Cupid and
Psyche and Pyramus and Thisbe—have strong connections to A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, offering an opportunity to consider the
throughlines of mythological adaptation that connect Shakespeare to
with Vinegar Girl
Not able to join us
for this month's past discussion of Vinegar Girl by
Anne Tyler? The Folger Spotlight has introductory and
supplemental material—including discussion questions—to help you
explore the book or even host your own conversation.