18. February 2015 · Comments Off on February news fit to print · Categories: Uncategorized

The Mathematician’s Shiva continues to find an audience and is still showing up on bookstores’ bestselling lists (which both surprises me and makes me happy). It was named an American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal finalist and was also named one of the Favorite Physics Books of 2014 by Scientific American. Reviews are still coming in – which also surprises and makes me happy – including reviews from the European Mathematical Society, the Jewish Daily Forward, Cleaver Magazine and Washington Jewish Week. I had a fun time at a Jewish Science Authors program at the Foster City JCC. I’ll be giving a little music show at The Marsh in Berkeley on February 24th and will be appearing at an AAUW girls science camp fundraiser in Mountain View on February 28th.

14. January 2015 · Comments Off on The Mathematician’s Shiva wins a National Jewish Book Award · Categories: Uncategorized

The Mathematician’s Shiva is the 2014 National Jewish Book Award winner for Outstanding Debut Fiction. I am ecstatic. I was also very lucky to have had so much support while writing this book. It took four years to go from beginning to write TMS to publication and I owe a lot of people a lot of thanks for their help along the way.

List of all winners and finalists is here:
http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/2014-national-jewish-book-award-winners-and-finalists

08. January 2015 · Comments Off on A little late, but my annual Christmas tune is here · Categories: Uncategorized

Every year I take a Christmas tune written by a native Yiddish speaker, translate it back into its “original” Yiddish, and send it to my friends. This year I’m going semi-public. The tune is The Christmas Song by Melvin Torma (aka Mel Torme). It isn’t publicly listed on Youtube, but you can find it below. Enjoy!

 

09. December 2014 · Comments Off on A little of the TMS news fit to print · Categories: Uncategorized

At the end of November, The Mathematician’s Shiva crept back into the SF Chron’s bestsellers list (it was number 12). 12 weeks out and it still has legs! It’s a recommended holiday gift buy at Scientific American and at the Jewish Book Council (but you don’t have to be a math geek or Jewish to buy TMS as a gift for a friend or loved one, honest). I’ll be on the nationally syndicated radio show West Coast Live on December 13th (10:00 AM PST) and will be giving a reading during AGU Week in San Francisco at Alexander Book Co. on December 15th (early, 5:00 PM).

12. November 2014 · Comments Off on Readings in Florida · Categories: Uncategorized

For any Floridians or friends of Floridians, I’ll be reading, doing a Q&A and giving figure skating instruction (it’s never too late to learn) at a few places in the days ahead.

Books & Books, Coral Gables, November 14th, 8:00 PM

Bookstore1, Sarasota, November 17th, 1:00 PM (just a quick signing of stock copies, but if someone shows I’ll have a cup of coffee with them)

Inkwood Books, Tampa, November 17th 7:00 PM

I’ll also be at the Greater Miami Cholent Cookoff in Aventura on 11/15 (as an unofficial taste tester).

06. November 2014 · Comments Off on Amusing (and informative!) interview at UWM · Categories: Uncategorized

Amusing and informative interview with Prof. Michael Nosonovsky at the UWM Jewish Studies center. We look like brothers. It seems like something filmed in Minsk or Kiev for Soviet television, circa 1987, except for the fact that we’re speaking in English and smiling. My mother would have loved it!

28. May 2014 · Comments Off on I’ve started to tweet · Categories: Uncategorized

You can follow my jokes and what I’m up to here. @stuartetc

22. March 2014 · Comments Off on The selling begins · Categories: Uncategorized

Here’s the one sheet from the catalog. I get a readers guide (wonder what it’s going to say) and a five-city tour. Amazing. I’m very grateful. No audio version yet, but one can always dream.
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04. December 2013 · Comments Off on It’s getting close to grading time at universities · Categories: Uncategorized

If you’re a prof at Harvard (and at many other private schools), grading is easy nowadays.  Just go down the roster and type the letter A. No mess, no fuss, no thinking. You don’t even have to give final exams. The late Clark Kerr used to joke that the three purposes of a university were “to provide sex for the students, sports for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.” It’s not a joke anymore.

14. October 2013 · Comments Off on Topaz’s 16th birthday pâté cake · Categories: Uncategorized

She wanted a Ferrari. She had a little trouble blowing out the candle. Ah, these life events. There was her Cat Mitzvah. Now her sweet sixteen.
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