by Alana Quintana Albertson
Registration for this event opens Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 4pm. Folger Members recieve early registration access.
"What do you read, my lord?"
"Words, words, words."
About the Book Club
Join the Folger as we search the stacks for our favorite novels inspired by Shakespeare, the early modern era, and the holdings of the Folger Collection.
This informal Book Club is free and open to all. Our picks range from historical fiction to adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, encompassing a wide variety of genres—all sourced from a different local, independent bookstore partner each month.
For November, we are thrilled to be joined by Katherine Gillen (Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University–San Antonio), Adrianna M. Santos (Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University–San Antonio), and Kathryn Vomero Santos (Assistant Professor of English and co-director of the Humanities Collective at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas). Together, they are editing The Bard in the Borderlands: An Anthology of Shakespeare Appropriations en La Frontera and will begin the evening with a presentation on their work and intersections with the novel.
After the presentation, participants will be broken into smaller groups for breakout discussions, moderated by a team of staff and volunteers.
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 November Pick
Ramón and Julieta by Alana Quintana Alberston
Content Transparency: This book consensual sexual content.
When fate and tacos bring Ramón and Julieta together on the Day of the Dead, the star-crossed pair must make a choice: accept the bitter food rivalry that drives them apart or surrender to a love that consumes them—perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin!
Ramón Montez always achieves his goals. Whether that means collecting Ivy League degrees or growing his father’s fast-food empire, nothing sets Ramón off course. So when the sexy señorita who kissed him on the Day of the Dead runs off into the night with his heart, he determines to do whatever it takes to find her again.
Celebrity chef Julieta Campos has sacrificed everything to save her sea-to-table taqueria from closing. To her horror, she discovers that her new landlord is none other than the magnetic mariachi she hooked up with on Dia de los Muertos. Even worse, it was his father who stole her mother’s taco recipe decades ago. Julieta has no choice but to work with Ramón, the man who destroyed her life’s work—and the one man who tempts and inspires her.
As San Diego’s outraged community protests against the Taco King takeover and the divide between their families grows, Ramón and Julieta struggle to balance the rising tensions. But Ramón knows that true love is priceless and despite all of his successes, this is the one battle he refuses to lose.
Why did we choose this?
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.
Words, Words, Words is committed to exploring a wide variety of genres and Ramón and Julieta represents our first romance pick. An increasingly popular genre, romance has been gaining in critical attention and readership in recent years as well as diversifying the types of love stories being told. Ramón and Julieta reimagines Romeo and Juliet in Barrio Logan, referencing Shakespeare while also addressing questions of gentrification and exploring cultural traditions.
Order Your Book
For our November session, we are excited to partner with Loyalty Bookstores, a Black, Queer owned independent bookstore in the Petworth neighborhood of DC and Silver Spring, MD that specializes in diverse books.
Please be aware that Loyalty Bookstores are taking safety precautions related to COVID-19. Both stores are open for both shopping and in-store pickup. Masks are required in both stores. Place your order online or by emailing email@example.com or order through their website. Click here for further information on current policies and operations.
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