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Dr. Kristin Bun­de­sen, of Santa Fe’s In­ter­na­tional Shake­speare Cen­ter, lec­tures on “What is the First Fo­lio Any­way, and Why Should We Care?”; book sale at the Jean Cocteau Cinema

In 1623, seven years af­ter Shake­speare’s death, the Bard’s plays were col­lected in print for the first time — a key his­tor­i­cal event that ce­mented his dra­matic and lit­er­ary legacy for cen­turies to come. The col­lec­tion’s first print­ing of about 750 copies is re­ferred to as the First Fo­lio; to­day, 233 copies re­main and each is val­ued at about six mil­lion dol­lars. Eighty-two copies are held by the Fol­ger Shake­speare Li­brary in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., which is home to the world’s largest Shake­speare col­lec­tion. Be­gin­ning in Jan­uary, the li­brary is loan­ing a First Fo­lio to one city in each of the United States for four weeks at a time un­til De­cem­ber 2016. Eigh­teen First Fo­lios will be on dis­play dur­ing the tour; six will travel at any one time. In Fe­bru­ary Santa Fe takes its turn as host, with an ex­hi­bi­tion at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art. Nu­mer­ous as­so­ci­ated events are be­ing held through­out the city in con­junc­tion with the First Fo­lio ex­hi­bi­tion, and one of the first is a proper in­tro­duc­tion to its sig­nif­i­cance, “What is the First Fo­lio Any­way, and Why Should We Care?” pre­sented by Dr. Kristin Bun­de­sen, vice-pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Shake­speare Cen­ter in Santa Fe. The lecture is Wed­nes­day, Jan. 27, at 12 p.m. at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.). Ad­mis­sion is free but reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. To re­serve a space, call 505-476-5075 or email sara.van­note@state.nm.us.

There are so many books to care about in this world, from col­lectible Shake­speare to pop­u­lar sci­ence fic­tion. The Jean Cocteau Cinema hosts a sale of books signed by au­thors who have read there, in­clud­ing ti­tles by the the­ater’s owner, Ge­orge R.R. Martin, as well as Neal Stephen­son, Feli­cia Day, Den­nis Le­hane, Lisa See, Diana Ga­bal­don, and oth­ers. Most of the books are priced to move at 40 per­cent off the cover price, and all bev­er­ages are $1 off dur­ing the sale, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Mon­day, Jan. 25. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-466-5528. — Jen­nifer Levin

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