Monday, October 11, 2010

Reading Event, TONIGHT!

Joseph Skibell, author of A Curable Romantic

This event takes place at Boswell Book Co., and is a preview of the JCC Jewish Book and Culture Fair. Jody Hirsh of the JCC will introduce Mr. Skibell. A percentage of the evening’s sales will go to the JCC.
As far as romance goes, Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn is fairly incurable. Twice married, once divorced, once widowed—all by the tender age of twelve—he finally flees his small village and his pious, vengeful father. Young Dr. Sammelsohn wanders optimistically through history, pursued by the amorous ghost of his dead wife. Arriving in Vienna in 1890, a chance encounter with Sigmund Freud leads our hero into the arms of Emma Eckstein, one of Freud’s most famous patients. Later he romances the beautiful and wealthy Loe Bernfeld, who carries him into the world of Esperanto and the universal language movement. Finally, Dr. Sammelsohn finds himself in the Warsaw ghetto in 1940, only to become a pawn in a battle over the path to heaven. 
Joseph SkibellFor more information on the JCC Book & Culture Fair, visit
Author bio: Joseph Skibell is the author of A Blessing on the Moon, which received the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. He has received a Halls Fiction Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, among other awards. He teaches at Emory University and is the director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.

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