Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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


Join us on Thursday, September 8 



Words, Words, Words: A Virtual Book Club


Join us for Learwife


Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club, is pleased to announce the next book discussion, Learwife by J. R. Thorp, on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30pm (ET). Please note that this month's session occurs on the second Thursday of September.

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!





Learwife by J. R. Thorp
Thursday, Sept 8 at 6:30pm (ET)


Learwife by J. R. Thorp

Word has come. Care-bent King Lear is dead, driven mad and betrayed. His three daughters too, broken in battle. But someone has survived: Lear's queen. Exiled to a nunnery years ago, written out of history, her name forgotten. Now she can tell her story.

Inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear, this breathtaking debut novel tells the story of the most famous woman ever written out of literary history.

Content Transparency: This book contains references to an implied sexual assault.


Why did we choose this book?

The Folger 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.

Thorp's novel imagines a character absent from Shakespeare's story, offering a new perspective on one of his most famous tragedies. With moments that echo the plot of King Lear, Learwife gives readers an opportunity to consider the stories that are waiting to be told.




Looking ahead to October


Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor
Thursday, Oct 6 at 6:30pm (ET)


Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor

Hired to manage the Lyceum Theatre, Bram Stoker navigates the theatrical world of Henry Irving and Ellen Terry, turning his experiences into inspiration for his iconic novel: Dracula.

A magnificent portrait both of lamp-lit London and of lives and loves enacted on the stage, Shadowplay’s rich prose, incomparable storytelling, and vivid characters will linger in readers’ hearts and minds for many years.

An Irish Post Book Awards Winner
A Five Books Best Historical Fiction Book of 2020





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