Melodie Winawer


Melodie Winawer is the author of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA, published in 2018 by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. A medieval Italian historical dual timeline novel, it explores the mystery of Siena’s devastation by the Plague. On publication it received multiple starred reviews, called by Publishers Weekly “a marvelous work of research and invention.” The NEW YORK POST named it a “must-read” book, and Associated Press lauded SCRIBE as “a captivating story of time and place volleying with fate and love.” THE SCRIBE OF SIENA has been translated into German, Czech, Polish and Norwegian.   Her next novel, ANTICIPATION, set in late Byzantine and modern Greece, is scheduled for publication in November, 2021 by Gallery/Simon & Schuster.  Her short story, 778, is included in the collection WE ALL FALL DOWN: STORIES OF PLAGUE AND RESILIENCE (March 2020, Alhambra Press.)

Melodie is a physician-scientist and associate professor of neurology at Columbia University, with degrees in biological psychology, medicine, and epidemiology. She treats patients, conducts grant-funded research, and has published over fifty nonfiction articles and book chapters. To find the energy to write, she relies on unflagging enthusiasm and green tea. Melodie lives with her spouse and their three children in both Brooklyn, New York and Ludlow, Vermont.


Melodie Winawer
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