Words, Words, Words: The Shakespeare Requirement

by Julie Schumacher

Thursday, September 03, 2020, 6:30 pm
Virtual Event on Zoom | 6:30-8pm Eastern Time
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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 in the days prior for instructions on accessing the link, along with recommendations for quick bites and beverages to enjoy while we chat.

Our September Pick

The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher

Now is the fall of his discontent, as Jason Fitger, newly appointed chair of the English Department of Payne University, takes arms against a sea of troubles, personal and institutional. His ex-wife is sleeping with the dean who must approve whatever modest initiatives he undertakes. The fearsome department secretary Fran clearly runs the show (when not taking in rescue parrots and dogs) and holds plenty of secrets she’s not sharing. The lavishly funded Econ Department keeps siphoning off English’s meager resources and has taken aim at its remaining office space. And Fitger’s attempt to get a mossbacked and antediluvian Shakespeare scholar to retire backfires spectacularly when the press concludes that the Bard is being kicked to the curricular curb.

Lord, what fools these mortals be! Julie Schumacher proves the point and makes the most of it in this delicious romp of satire.


"A straight narrative delivered with acrid wit...Enrollment is now open. Don’t skip this class." —The Washington Post

Order Your Book

For this session, we are excited to partner with Solid State Books. Ideally situated in the heart of the bustling and historic H Street Corridor, Solid State Books provides our neighborhood with a vital intellectual and social hub.

Orders may be placed by phone (202.897.4201) or email orders@solidstatebooksdc.com. Curbside pickup is available at the shop Tuesday-Saturday from 2-6pm, or order online to have your book shipped to you directly.

To learn more, visit their website at solidstatebooksdc.com.