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Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Thursday, Dec 1, at 6:30pm (ET)
Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story
of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and
even names can shape relationships and history. Deeply
evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an
extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed
forever by the choices of its matriarch.
Shakespeare Library's collection explores not only Shakespeare's
life and works, but also the plays' historical context, source
material, critical and performance histories, the ways in which
they inspire and are adapted by contemporary novelists. The Folger
is equally committed to historical inquiry and naturing the
continuation of the literary and poetic expression.
The Emily Dickinson
Birthday Tribute is an annual collaboration between
the O. B. Hardison Poetry Series and The Emily Dickinson Museum in
Amherst, MA. Each December we explore a different aspect of
Dickinson's work and influence, pairing this tribute with a black
cake recipe based on one of Dickinson's own. This year we are
taking that tradition as a spark of inspiration to look more
closely at food pathways, cultural traditions, and the richness of
discovery that exists when taking a multi-faceted approach to a
collaboration with The O.B. Hardison Emily Dickinson Birthday
Tribute and the Folger Institute.
Not able to join us
for this month's discussion of Ramón and Julieta by
Alana Quintana Albertson on November 3? The Folger Spotlight
has introductory and supplemental material—including discussion
questions—to help you explore the book or even host your own
Karen Joy Fowler
Thursday, Feb 2, at 6:30pm (ET)
From the Man Booker finalist and bestselling
author of We
Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an
epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of our
most infamous figures.
John Wilkes Booth changed the course of
American history, but few people realize he belonged to an
acting dynasty who were the theatrical celebrities of their
day. In its portrayals of Junius, Edwin, and John
Wilkes, Booth explores
the how Shakespearean performance was central to the
identity of an assassin—and deeply present in American
society during one of its most turbulent periods.