Writer’s Block of the Worst Kind: An Open Book on Lyme

Contact: Patricia V. Smith, President For Immediate Release
(888) 366-6611 April 25, 2005

Writer’s Block of the Worst Kind: An Open Book on Lyme
Internationally Acclaimed Authors Share Stage with Acclaimed Medical Authorities

Manhattan – For the first time, four nationally acclaimed authors and an executive editor are sharing the stage with two prominent medical authorities on Lyme for a firsthand account of the disease and its impact on peoples’ lives and livelihoods. On Thursday, May 19, 2005, from 7-10PM, the Lyme Disease Association (LDA) will host Literati with Lyme, a fundraising event at New York University’s Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium at 60 Washington Square South, New York, entitled “Writer’s Block of the Worst Kind.” The event is featuring writers who have all had Lyme disease: Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club and movie); Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries series and movies); E Jean Carroll (advice columnist for Elle Magazine); Jordan Fisher Smith (Nature Noir: A Park Ranger’s Patrol in the Sierra); and Jennifer Weis (executive editor St. Martin’s Press).

Columbia University Medical Center’s (CUMC) and NY State Psychiatric Institute’s Brain Fallon, MD, and International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) Director Joseph Burrascano, MD, will participate in the “in conversation” event as the Literati tell the story of how Lyme affects their lives and impacts on their cognitive ability, giving a voice to thousands of Lyme disease victims who suffer in silence. The doctors will discuss the physiological causes of the authors’ often frustrating and sometimes alarming experiences with Lyme. Public question and answer period will follow. Books by participating authors will be on sale at the event with proceeds to LDA.

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Fans of the authors as well as those interested in Lyme disease are invited to purchase tickets ($20) or get information for the May 19 event, please visit Further information about the authors can be found on and NYU information

Literati with Lyme is the brain child of authors Jordan Fisher Smith and Amy Tan, and national Lyme Disease Association President Pat Smith. It is an effort by nationally-known authors, publishers, editors, literary agents, other publishing professionals, and the non-profit LDA to raise awareness of this growing infectious disease threat and to raise research funds for a cure. Literati with Lyme is supported by Columbia University Medical Center, Houghton Mifflin, Milkweed Editions, Penguin Group (USA) Inc., IGeneX Labs, the DEET Education Program, NYU Expository Writing and the School of Social Work, and a growing list of others. Donations to LDA’s Literati with Lyme are tax-deductible and will go to the LDA to support its public education and research efforts on causes and cures of Lyme disease, including the proposed Lyme disease research center at Columbia University Medical Center.

Literati with Lyme has selected Manhattan for this rare exposition as the traditional home of American publishing, and its location in a state that often reports the highest number of Lyme cases nationally. It is taking place in recognition of National Lyme Awareness Month.