Melodie Winawer is the author of "The Scribe of Siena," a medieval Italian historical novel that explores the mystery of Siena’s devastation by the Plague. "The Scribe of Siena" has been translated into German, Czech, Polish and Norwegian. Her next novel, "Anticipation," is set in late Byzantine Greece. Winawer is a physician-scientist and associate professor of neurology at Columbia University, with degrees in biological psychology, medicine and epidemiology. She has published more than 50 nonfiction articles and book chapters.