Words, Words, Words: Hag-Seed

by Margaret Atwood

Thursday, March 04, 2021, 6:30 pm
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"What do you read, my lord?"
"Words, words, words."
Hamlet, II.ii.209-10

About the Book Club

Join the Folger as we search the stacks for our favorite novels inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern era.

Held on the first Thursday of the month, this informal Book Club is free and open to all. Our picks range from historical fiction to adaptations of Shakespeare's plays and will be sourced from a different indie bookstore each month.

To spark the discussion, Folger staff will be on hand to provide historical context, throw in trivia, and speak to relevant items from the library collection.

Participation is free but registration is required. Sessions will be conducted through Zoom, so keep an eye on your inbox the day before for an access link, along with recommendations for quick bites and beverages to enjoy while we chat.

Our March Pick

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. Now he’s staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, but it will also heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge, which, after twelve years, arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison.

Margaret Atwood’s innovative take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.

“A marvel of gorgeous yet economical prose, in the service of a story that’s utterly heartbreaking yet pierced by humor, with a plot that retains considerable subtlety even as the original’s back story falls neatly into place.”—The New York Times


Order Your Book

Purchase Your Copy

This month, we are excited to partner with Bridge Street Books, a neighborhood bookstore with an international reputation.

Occupying a brick townhouse on Pennsylvania Ave for 40 years, Bridge Street Books stocks a wide selection of trade, university, and small press publications. They've got your bestsellers too! Learn more at bridgestreetbooks.com.

The storefront is open to a limited capacity from 11AM-8PM Tues-Sat and 12-6PM Sun-Mon. Curb-side pickup and shipping are available by calling 202.965.5200 or emailing orders@bridgestreetbooks.com.

You can also order directly on bookshop.org, or download the audiobook version of this title from Libro.fm.


We would like to thank the Capitol Hill Community Foundation for its generous support of this program.