Folger Book Club: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Shakespearean inspiration connects early modern theatre to contemporary video game design in this moving novel by Gabrielle Zevin.
Booking and details
Dates Thursday, May 4, 2023
Venue Virtual - Zoom
Tickets Free, Registration required
Duration 6:30pm - 8:30pm (ET)
Registration for the session opens Tuesday, April 11 at 4pm. Folger Members receive early access.
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.
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 May Pick
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
From the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom.
These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.
Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love.
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.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow explores what it means to collaborate, memorialize, and draw on inspiration to create something. References to Shakespeare performance and early modern history are threaded throughout, connecting contemporary video game design to the artistic world in which Shakespeare operated.
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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow contains material that may be upsetting to some readers. Click below for more information (includes spoilers).
Subjects addressed within the novel include, but are not limited to:
- Teacher-student relationship
- Childhood cancer
- Death of a parent
- Workplace shooting
- Car accident
- Non-consensual sexual situations
This month, we are excited to partner with Kramers, the first bookstore/café in Washington DC.
In addition to possessing a lively, convivial atmosphere, and a full-service bar, Kramers stages hundreds of book-related events each year, both in the store and elsewhere. From tourists to neighbors, college students to the political elite, there is something for everyone at Kramers! Learn more at kramers.com.
Books can be purchased at their Dupont Circle location or ordered with 1hr delivery within DC though their website. 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 following organizations for their generous support of this program