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 email@example.com.
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