‘Wonder of Wonders’ to play Chicago area Nov. 22
Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles! Alisa Solomon will be at the Book Stall in Winnetka on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. to sign copies of her new book Wonder of Wonders: The Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. Solomon’s visit is scheduled exactly one month after the book’s official release date (October 22, 2013). This will be one of her first stops outside metro NYC as she begins a nationwide series of speaking engagements culminating in the 50th anniversary of the first Broadway performance of Fiddler on the Roof on September 22, 2014.
True to its title, Wonder of Wonders is a comprehensive cultural history of Fiddler. Making expert use of every one of her 448 pages (including extensive footnotes), Solomon provides a lively account of the who, what, when, and where of Fiddler from the birth of Sholem Rabinowitz in Russia in March 1859 (where Rabinowitz quickly achieved fame as the author now known to the word by his pen name “Sholem Aleichem”) to a Glenn Beck rally in Jerusalem in August 2011 (where Beck made his exit from the stage of his “Restoring Courage” rally to the music of “Sabbath Prayer”).