700 Sundays Collaborator Reads from New Comic Novel, July 19

News   700 Sundays Collaborator Reads from New Comic Novel, July 19 Writer Alan Zweibel — who collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning 700 Sundays — will appear at Barnes & Noble, July 19.

Alan Zweibel.
Alan Zweibel.

Zweibel will read excerpts from his new release, "The Other Shulman" at the Lincoln Center bookstore (located at 1972 Broadway, near 66th Street) at 7 PM. For more information, (212) 595-6859.

One of the original "Saturday Night Live" writers, Zweibel has won numerous Emmy Awards for his work in television. The comic novel marks his literary fiction debut. He previously penned the children's book "Our Tree Named Steve."

"The Other Shulman" is described as a "darkly funny and satiric story of Shulman, a chubby middle-aged stationery-store owner from New Jersey, who has been gaining and losing the same 35 pounds since junior high — and if you added all of that weight together, he had lost an entire person. Another Shulman. This was just a joke until, at a crossroads marked by incredible stress, he actually encounters this other Shulman – an incredibly successful man who made the choices that Shulman had spurned. The struggle between the two Shulmans comes to a head while Shulman is running in the New York City Marathon."

Of the Zweibel book, Billy Crystal says "'The Other Shulman' is hilarious. It is also emotional and powerful. As Shulman runs the marathon, you realize it’s also the marathon of our lives. A wonderfully inventive novel."

700 Sundays recently closed on Broadway following its win at the 2005 Tony Awards for Special Theatrical Event. The work, which featured additional content by Alan Zweibel, dealt with Crystal's journey from his youth through his teenage years to adulthood.