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Book Release: Dr. Melodie Winawer, The Scribe of Siena

Join us at Book Culture on 536 West 112th Street (at Broadway) to celebrate the paperback release of Dr. Melodie Winawer's The Scribe of Siena on Monday, February 26th at 7pm!


“We all know Melodie as a fine doctor, dedicated research scientist and warm colleague. But you may not know that she is also a successful fiction author. Last May, Simon & Schuster published her debut novel, The Scribe of Siena, in hardcover.  It's historical fiction set in both NYC and medieval Italy.  I've read it, and it's a wonderful book, with mystery, romance, and humor! The main character is a neurosurgeon who travels back in time, and you will appreciate its references to modern and medieval medicine, including neurology. I saw her do a book reading/signing previously, and she does a phenomenal job of telling the story of how she wrote this, the connection to neurology, and her future plans as a novelist. You will love it!”

Mitchell S.V. Elkind, MD, MS, MPhil
Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology
Columbia University Medical Center



Readers of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring...will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena" (Library Journal, starred review) in this transporting love story and gripping historical mystery.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother's affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined--a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

As Beatrice explores the evidence further, she uncovers the journal and paintings of the fourteenth-century artist Gabriele Accorsi. But when she finds a startling image of her own face, she is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love--not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena's very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman's passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap--testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love.

Melodie Winawer is a physician-scientist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University with degrees in biological psychology, medicine, and epidemiology, she has published over fifty nonfiction articles and book chapters. She is fluent in Spanish and French, literate in Latin, and has a passable knowledge of Italian. Dr. Winawer lives with her spouse and their three young children in Brooklyn, New York. The Scribe of Siena is her first novel.

Event address: 
536 W 112th Street
New York, NY 10025