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Folger Book Club: The Latinist by Mark Prins

A contemporary reimagining of the Daphne and Apollo myth, our June selection is a page-turning exploration of power, ambition, and the intertwining of love and obsession.

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Dates Thu, Jun 9, 2024, 6:30pm

Tickets Free, Registration required

Duration 6:30pm - 8:00pm (ET)

Registration opens for this session on Tuesday, May 7 at 4pm (ET), with early access for Folger Members beginning at 10am (ET).

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Our June 2024 Pick

The Latinist
by Mark Prins

Tessa Templeton has thrived at Oxford University under the tutelage and praise of esteemed classics professor Christopher Eccles. And now, his support is the one thing she can rely on: her job search has yielded nothing, and her devotion to her work has just cost her her boyfriend, Ben. Yet shortly before her thesis defense, Tessa learns that Chris has sabotaged her career—and realizes their relationship is not at all what she believed.

Driven by what he mistakes as love for Tessa, Chris has ensured that no other institution will offer her a position, keeping her at Oxford with him. His tactics grow more invasive as he determines to prove he has her best interests at heart. Meanwhile, Tessa scrambles to undo the damage—and in the process makes a startling discovery about an obscure second-century Latin poet that could launch her into academic stardom, finally freeing her from Chris’s influence.

A contemporary reimagining of the Daphne and Apollo myth, The Latinist is a page-turning exploration of power, ambition, and the intertwining of love and obsession.

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.

Shakespeare often referenced mythology within his plays and was known to adapt the classics for narrative purposes, updating ancient stories for his own modern time and relying heavily on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Folger Book Club joins Folger Theatre and Folger Consort in exploring the artistic afterlives of Ovid’s works with this contemporary retelling of the Daphne and Apollo myth.

About the Book Club

Our 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.

Each session begins with a guest speaker exploring that month’s pick and highlighting items from the Folger collection related to the plot and themes of the novel. After the presentation, participants will be broken into smaller groups for breakout discussions, moderated by a team of staff and volunteers.

Guest Speaker

Will Tosh

Will Tosh

Content transparency

The Latinist includes potentially sensitive subjects. Expand below for a full list of content.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of this program

Capitol Hill Community Foundation
Junior League of Washington