by Jacopo della Quercia
"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 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 November Pick
Licence to Quill by Jacopo della Quercia
License to Quill is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot. The story follows the fascinating golden age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare's England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: Macbeth.
"Full of puns and wordplay this historical thriller is also an homage to Ian Fleming's James Bond-ian world...Add bull-baiting, human sacrifice, gruesome executions, and an epic London street battle, and what results is an erudite tour de force." —Kirkus Reviews
Order Your Book
For our November session, we are excited to partner with Loyalty Bookstore, a Black, Queer owned independent bookstore in the Petworth neighborhood of DC and Silver Spring, MD that specializes in diverse books.
In order to maintain the safety of staff and neighborhood, Loyalty is closed to the public for browsing until further notice. Place your order online or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Contactless pickup is available Weds-Sat at both locations from 1-5pm only. Click here for further information on current policies and operations.
To learn more, visit loyaltybookstores.com.