Stephanie Cowell — MARRYING MOZART Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing

Stephanie Cowell — MARRYING MOZART
Informal Reading, Q&A Session, and Book Signing
Saturday, November 11, 5-6:30pm
Sunday, November 12, 1:30-3:00pm

Athena Cinema (
20 Court St, Athens, Ohio

Part of the The Athena Theatre’s A Weekend with Mozart ( in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in 2006. Also includes showings of AMADEUS: Director’s Cut (Winner of 8 Academy Awards: 1985) on Friday, Nov 10, 7pm & Saturday Nov 11, 1:30pm, and IN SEARCH OF MOZART on Saturday, Nov 11, 7pm & Sunday, Nov 12, 4pm ($6 for shows after 6pm and $5 for shows before 6pm).

Author Stephanie Cowell was born in the city of New York and is a former opera singer as well as being the critically acclaimed author of NICHOLAS COOKE, THE PLAYERS: A NOVEL OF THE YOUNG SHAKESPEARE, and THE PHYSICIAN OF LONDON (winner of a 1996 American Book Award). MARRYING MOZART ( was published in 2004, and has been translated into several languages (available locally at Little Professor).

The year is 1777 and the four Weber sisters, daughters of a musical family, share a crowded, artistic life in a ramshackle house. While their father scrapes by as a music copyist and their mother secretly draws up a list of prospective suitors in the kitchen, the sisters struggle with their futures, both marital and musical—until twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their lives. Bringing eighteenth-century Europe to life with unforgiving winters, yawning princes, scheming parents, and the enduring passions of young talent, Stephanie Cowell’s richly textured tale captures a remarkable historical figure—and the four young women who engage his passion, his music, and his heart.

“MARRYING MOZART is a charming novel, so much so that one would enjoy it even if the gentleman involved in these girls’ lives were not one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music. It also has the virtue of offering a believable and appealing portrait of Mozart himself. Marrying Mozart is a perfect harmony of fact, fiction.” — Los Angeles Times

“Cowell’s own background as a soprano adds a special depth to descriptive passages that focus on the music itself, which are littered with details not likely to be recognized by a writer without performance experience.” –Symphony Magazine

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