What do the Shakespearean plays Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, Julius Caesar, Henry IV,Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Richard II all have in common? Why they all contain astrological references! You have the opportunity to “. . . meet a colorful cast of Renaissance thinkers, including Thomas Digges, who published the first English account of the “new astronomy” and lived in the same neighborhood as Shakespeare; Thomas Harriot—“England’s Galileo”—who aimed a telescope at the night sky months ahead of his Italian counterpart; and Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, whose observatory-castle stood within sight of Elsinore, chosen by Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet —and whose family crest happened to include the names “Rosencrans” and “Guildenstern.” And then there’s Galileo himself,” whose “ . . . telescopic observations may have influenced one of Shakespeare’s final works.” Explore both astronomy and Shakespeare at the Tucson Festival of Books on the Science City Main Stage on Sunday, Mar 13, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. The discussion of the book will be presented by author Dan Falk, Canadian science journalist and broadcaster, along with Chris Impey, professor and deputy head of the department of astronomy at the University of Arizona.
The Tucson Festival of Books, featuring approximately 400 authors, will take place on March 12 and 13. It offers entertainment for all ages and this year will feature not only science but mystery writers, children authors and a lineup of authors and chefs from the culinary stage. Admission is free.
Stay at the Adobe Rose Inn during the Festival and enjoy the only parking space for the Festival that comes with breakfast!