JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
Wednesday, December 15, $15, 8:00
Comic actor Gene Wilder, who made his film debut in BONNIE AND CLYDE and went on to star in such hits as THE PRODUCERS, BLAZING SADDLES, and WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, is also the author of such books as KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER: MY SEARCH FOR LOVE AND ART, THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN’T, and MY FRENCH WHORE. His latest, WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE? (St. Martin’s, March 2010, $19.99), features a dozen stories about love and romance, including “The Lady with the Red Hat,” “The Flirt,” and “My Old Flame.” In the prelude, Wilder admits, “Apart from the 1929 Cole Porter song, this is a ridiculous title and I know it; sounds a little like some egotistical guru telling the rest of the world about love and lovemaking and broken hearts.” Wilder’s goal, instead, is to give readers “a little pleasure and a laugh.” He’ll be looking to do all that and more on December 15 at the JCC in Manhattan, when he’ll be interviewed by his wife, Karen, about love and other topics in a special event held in conjunction with the Center for Hearing and Communication.