Only a few months ago, Steven Jay Griffel was an unknown, unpublished novelist with time on his hands after his career in educational publishing came to an abrupt end due to the economy. Today, he is on the circuit as a speaker in demand in the New York Public Library system as the digital pioneering author of a first novel entitled FORTY YEARS LATER. Griffel’s story is right out of the Woodstock Baby Boomer meets the Great Recession playbook. By reinventing himself at the age of 57, he has quickly emerged as a leading author in the digital book revolution.
Speaking about Steven Jay Griffel’s May 19, 2010 appearance, Andrea Nicolay, Senior Librarian, The New York Public Library - Mulberry Street Branch, who arranged the event, said, "His presentation was fantastic. Within the first few minutes it became very clear to me that he was a natural-born storyteller, and I don't think I've ever heard anyone speak more clearly and engagingly about the digital book era.”
Growing out of the positive reviews, Griffel has now accepted invitations to speak at the Mid-Manhattan Library of the New York Public Library on August 5, 2010, and at the Port Washington Library on August 19, 2010. He indicated that other appearances at libraries and book clubs throughout the New York metro area are in the works.
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