Author Michael Gelb Presents ‘Discovering Your Shakespearean Genius’ At White Rock Library Saturday

Michael Gelb


The White Rock Branch Library will host author Michael Gelb at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 for a talk entitled “Discovering Your Shakespearean Genius.”

Gelb is a highly sought-after speaker, who has developed this talk to complement the “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” exhibit showing at the New Mexico Museum of Art through Feb. 28. The talk is sponsored by the New Mexico State Library.

Gelb, the author of Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History’s 10 Most Revolutionary Minds, believes that Shakespeare’s poetry and plays offer profound lessons for cultivating emotional intelligence. In this engaging and compelling program, Gelb brings Shakespeare to life in a way that will deepen your self-understanding and your insight into others.

“First Folio!” is a national traveling exhibition, put on by the Folger Library, of an original edition of one of the world’s most famous and treasured books, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, better known as the First Folio. The exhibit’s only New Mexico location is the New Mexico Museum of Art. The talk is sponsored by the New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, which also has provided the Los Alamos County Library System with Family Passes to the New Mexico State Museums.

The topic of genius has pre-occupied Gelb for many years. How do brilliant people come up with these ideas? Can genius be trained? Everyone has the power to look at things in new ways, according to Gelb. The themes of creativity, innovation, and mind improvement have run through all of his work. His work includes Creativity on Demand, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Discover Your Genius, Innovate Like Edison, and Brain Power.

The State Library’s description of Gelb’s talk reads as follows: “Imagine applying the ‘emotional intelligence’ of Shakespeare to improving your self-knowledge and interpersonal relationships, or utilizing the creative strategies of Einstein in solving your most pressing professional challenges. Gelb offers insights into history, art, architecture, philosophy, music, biology, physics, politics and poetry in harmony with a profound and delightful program of personal development.”

The White Rock Branch Library is at 10 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock, across from Bandelier Grill and Smith’s Grocery. For more information about White Rock Branch Library events, call 505.662.8265.

Michael Gelb’s website is

“Michael Gelb is an authentic source of practical wisdom for those who seek to develop their creative powers.” —Murray Gell-Mann (Nobel Prize Physics)