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Reading for a Long Plane Ride

Friday, February 18, 2011 | Permalink

Posted by Dani Crickman

JBC is off to Israel for next week’s Jerusalem International Book Fair, and I’m facing my usual packing dilemma: how to cram all the books I want to take into my luggage. 

Hope you’re reading too and will join us. Wednesday, March 2nd, 12:30 – 1:15 pm EST. #JBCBookswithout exceeding the weight limit. With the steady success of e-readers, this is quickly becoming a problem of the past for many, but it’s still very much a concern for those of us a little slower on the uptake. One book, at least, in the already too-tall stack is a definite: I’m taking Andrew Winer’s The Marriage Artist in preparation for our upcoming Twitter Book Club.

Twitter Book Club: The Marriage Artist

Monday, January 31, 2011 | Permalink

Posted by Dani Crickman

Join the Jewish Book Council and author Andrew Winer in a live discussion of the novel The Marriage Artist on Wednesday, March 2nd, 12:30 pm- 1:10 pm EST! Follow us @JewishBook and keep an eye on #JBCBooks for updates.

Publisher’s description: 

Two mysterious deaths unlock one man’s past and another’s future in this moving tale of art, love, and history

When the wife of renowned art critic Daniel Lichtmann plunges to her death, she is not alone. Lying next to her is her suspected lover, Benjamin Wind, the very artist Daniel most championed. Tormented by questions about the circumstances of their deaths, Daniel dedicates himself to uncovering the secrets of their relationship and the inspiration behind Wind’s dazzling final exhibition.

What Daniel discovers is a web of mysteries leading back to pre-World War II Vienna and the magnificent life of Josef Pick, a forgotten artist who may have been the twentieth century’s greatest painter of love. But the most astonishing discoveryis what connects these two artists acrosshalf a century: a remarkable woman whose response to the tragedy of her generation offers Daniel answers to the questions he never knew to ask.

Ambitious, haunting, and stunningly written, The Marriage Artist tells a universal tale of a family dramatically reshaped by the quest for personal freedom in the face of inherited beliefs, public prejudices, and the unfathomable turns of history. It is at once a provocative snapshot of contemporary marriage, the recovery of a passion that history never recorded, and a fierce reminder of the way we enlist love in our perpetual search for meaning and permanence.

Visit Andrew Winer’s website for more.

What is a Twitter Book Club?

A twitter book club provides the opportunity for twitter users to engage in real time conversation about a particular, predetermined book. JBC’s book club aims to provide the tweeple with an opportunity to discuss Jewish interest titles with other interested readers electronically.

To participate…

If you aren’t already a Twitter user, please join twitter here. (Confused about Twitter all together? Visit the twitter twitorial. Follow the Jewish Book Council (@jewishbook). During the designated time and date of the book club follow the conversation by searching for #JBCBooks. If you would like to actively participate, please include #JBCBooks at the end of any comments or questions you wish to contribute.

(Note: New twitter users may have to wait up to a week before their tweets get saved in hashtag searches. Open a twitter account at least a week and a half before this discussion in order to join us!)

Read transcripts from past book clubs.

So pick up a copy of this month’s book club title, read it, and join us for a conversation online! If you have something to say or a question to ask, feel free to jump in, and don’t forget to include #JBCBook at the end of any tweet so that other participants can engage with you.