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Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 12, 2013
Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 29, 2013
I have been a member of Goodreads for several years, and have many GR friends with whom I share comments and opinions about books. But this is the first time Pat and I have had the pleasure of actually meeting one of my GR friends who we did not know before.
Trevor and Julia live near Villefranche/Nice. We had a delightful 3 hour lunch along the Villefranche harbor yesterday and will perhaps get together again before we leave Nice at the end of August.
If there are others among my GR friends who live in Nice (Aug) or Paris (Sep) and would like to get together, please contact me.
Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 25, 2013
What do you do when in Madrid? Go to the bookstore and see if your book is on the shelf. It was! Hereje (The Heretic in Spanish) was published a year ago. What a thrill! So I did my first international book signing.
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2013
I was recently asked to prepare discussion questions for a book club that is reading The Heretic. Here’s my list …
NOTE: I can do book club appearances via SKYPE anywhere in the world.
Discussion questions for The Heretic, a novel by Lewis M. Weinstein
1. Did you know about the Church’s persecution of Jews in 15th c. Spain? Did you find it surprising?
2. What do you think prompted the Church’s actions?
3.Was the description of the earliest printing interesting to you?
4. What did you know about Queen Isabel before reading The Heretic? Were you surprised by her portrayal in the book?
5. How would you compare the relationships between …
… Gabriel & Pilar
… Tomas & Esther
… Isabel & Fernando
… Tomas & Isabel
6. Why did the attempts to convert the Jews of Spain not work out as anticipated?
7. What did you think of Prince Hasan, and his friendship with Benjamin and Esther?
8. Did Prince Hasan conform to your image of a Moorish leader?
9. Why do you think the author selected 15th c. Spain for exploring the issues of hatred of Jews?
10. Do you see a connection between the Church’s attitude toward Jews in 15th c. Spain and the Church’s behavior in Germany before and during the Holocaust?
11. What did you learn about Judaism, and the connections between Judaism and Christianity?
12. What did you think of Tomas’s discussion with the rabbi in Seville regarding the plausibility of the virgin birth of Christ?
13. Did you think Friar Perez believed in the mission he had been assigned or did he have doubts?
14. Who do you think was the ultimate victor in the battle between Friar Perez and Gabriel Catalan?
15. What were the most emotional scenes for you? Did you cry?
16. Which do you remember as the most memorable scenes?
17. Were there scenes that made you cringe? Do you think those scenes were necessary to the story?
18. Was there anything in the story you found not quite believable?
19. How true do you think the story was to the actual history?
20. Were you surprised at the positive reaction of Catholic leaders to this book which is surely not a flattering portrayal of the Church?
21. Were you curious how the author got blurbs from Elie Wiesel and Alan Dershowitz … (those are, by the way, two fascinating stories)
purchase The Heretic at amazon …
$5.99 in Kindle (also available for Nook) … $14.95 in paper
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 15, 2013
Pat and I had the great pleasure of meeting with the Weston (FL) Book Club to discuss my novel “The Pope’s Conspiracy.” We met in the glorious surroundings of Hawk’s Cay resort in the Florida Keys.
It was very exciting for me since all of the ladies proved to be extremely intelligent and perceptive readers. Their questions, about the book and the writing/publishing process, made for a terrific two hour discussion.
I want to thank especially Kelly Tepper, who found my book in a Google search (novels-Jewish-Florence) in preparation for her recent trip to Italy and who graciously hosted the event.
PLEASE NOTE …
I really enjoy meeting with book clubs, and would love to meet with yours,
either in person or via SKYPE.
You can contact me at email@example.com.
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Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 28, 2012
For the past two years, I have organized and taught a fiction writing workshop at the Keys Center Academy (KCA) in Key West. Last week, they held an appreciation breakfast for all of the adult volunteers who contribute to their unique learning environment.
KCA is a program of the Key West High School for girls “at risk” for a variety of reasons. There are no issues, however, with their intellectual capabilities, and every one who came to my workshop produced the beginnings of a solid first scene, and one produced what I thought was a publishable story.
Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 28, 2012
Just click “leave a comment” below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set a date.
Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 27, 2012
Well, not really. My friend Sherril Rhoades was doing the article and I suggested mine. So I guess The Heretic received an honorable mention.
* Lew discusses his novels and publishing experience at the Key West Library Cafe Con Libros author series
Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 30, 2012
As part of the Key West Library Cafe Con Libros author series, Lew spoke to a full house of 56 readers. He spoke mainly about his two historical novels, The Heretic (2000) and The Pope’s Conspiracy (just published), and also mentioned briefly A Good Conviction (2006) and Case Closed (2009).
In addition to discussing his novels, Lew also described the process of publishing as he has experienced it, including …
- self-publishing before there was print-on-demand (POD)
- POD as it is today,
- working with two traditional publishers – The University of Wisconsin Press (published a trade paper edition of The Heretic) and Algaida Editores in Seville, Spain (published Hereje, a Spanish translation of The Heretic)
Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 6, 2012
feedback from the book club …
“He is the most personable and interesting man I have ever met.”
“It was a highlight of all the bookclubs we have had.”
“He is the most charming man who doesn’t try to be charming.”
“I would say he was a HUGE hit.”
I am just overwhelmed by the responses of book club members to my appearance in Bradenton. Thank you Barb, for inviting me and for forwarding these wonderful comments.
Pat and I met Barb and Jack Harrison, and their entire clan, on the beach at Collioure two summers ago. Barb induced her book club to read The Heretic, and then asked me to join them at their March 2012 meeting.
What a group of thoughtful readers with outstanding questions. The discussion went on for over two hours …
- what is true and not true in this historical novel?
- how fiction can be “more true” than the actual facts, by adding the inner thoughts and expressions of historical characters … if these are presented in a manner consistent with what is actually known about the characters.
- how did I integrate my research and writing? how long did it take?
- the reaction of Catholic leaders to my portrayal of one of the Church’s least proud moments.
- the publishing history of what is now 4 editions of The Heretic, including Hereje issued in Spain last month
- stories behind the blurbs of Msgr Tom Hartman and Alan Dershowitz