Israeli Author To Speak, Share New Book At Chicago Library

Nov. 9, 2006 – SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (November 8, 2006) — Israeli author Kfir Luzzatto will present “Reading and Writing Across Cultures” at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Nov. 22.

Luzzatto will be in the Chicago area over the Thanksgiving holiday to discuss his experiences in the literary world and promote his new book, The Odyssey Gene. In addition to his talk at the library, he will also participate in book signings at two Waldenbooks locations that weekend. The public is invited to attend all of these events.

“We are always thrilled to promote new authors,” said Susan Gibberman, head of reader services at the Schaumburg Township District Library. “My job is to connect readers to authors and vice versa. Everybody knows who is on the New York Times Best-Sellers’ List, but I think there are so many great authors out there and it’s important that we give them a forum.”

Luzzatto is an author and patent attorney who grew up in Milan, Italy, and moved to Israel with his family at the age of 16. His father, Edgar, was a naturalized citizen of the United States who served in the US Army and returned to Italy after World War II. His mother, Mirella, suffered the loss of her family members after they were captured under tragic circumstances by the Nazis and murdered at Auschwitz.

Prior to receiving his doctorate in chemical engineering, Luzzatto served in the Israeli Army as a tank driver and commander, platoon commander and operation officer. During the better part of the last 25 years, Luzzatto has served his reserve duty as an officer with the Israeli Defense Force, working as spokesman and participating in wars and operations. Some of his own military stories have been woven into The Odyssey Gene.

These diverse life experiences have made Luzzatto an authority in cultural, military and literary affairs. In his book, The Odyssey Gene, he addresses discrimination, war and politics. His first novel, Crossing the Meadow, was voted Best Horror Novel in the 2003 Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll.

“I am really looking forward to my trip to Chicago and the opportunity to share my experiences and writing with the public,” said Luzzatto. “I am open to questions about my culture and work as an author, so I hope many people will come armed with questions.”

Those interested in hearing Luzzatto’s “Reading and Writing Across Cultures” presentation at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. are invited to the facility at 130 South Roselle Road. Members of the public may also visit with Luzzatto and purchase autographed copies of The Odyssey Gene at Waldenbooks at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg on Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Waldenbooks at Stratford Square in Bloomingdale on Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m.

About The Odyssey Gene
This futuristic tale, published by Echelon Press in July 2006, addresses the topic of genetic discrimination as Luzzatto’s main character, John Hektor, takes a routine test and discovers that he is immune to a contagious disease that once threatened to decimate the population. After he is ostracized by society, including his friends and family, Hektor is forced to move to a newly-colonized planet where his genetic makeup is accepted. This science fiction thriller sends the reader on a rollercoaster ride via Hektor’s emotions, as the character struggles with politics, love and war.

Calendar listings
Israeli author Kfir Luzzatto will present “Reading and Writing Across Cultures” at the Schaumburg Township District Library on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to the library, located at 130 South Roselle Road in Schaumburg, to meet the author and learn about his new book, The Odyssey Gene. For information, call the library at (847) 923-3339.

Israeli author Kfir Luzzatto will be available for discussions and book signings at two Waldenbooks locations on Nov. 24 and 25. Luzzatto will be promoting his latest book, The Odyssey Gene, at Waldenbooks at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg on Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Waldenbooks at Stratford Square in Bloomingdale on Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call (847) 619-6850 and (630) 893-7573, respectively.

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