John comes to JCBA as a letterpress printer, bookbinder and
papermaker. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and of
the MFA in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama, and
is one half of the partnership that makes up Convivio
Bookworks, a small press and book arts studio in nearby Lake
Worth. His favorite book is The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon
by Washington Irving. He reads some Washington Irving every time he
catches a cold.
Image: Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times, 1936
Coordinator of International Programs Jeanne Jaffe
Jeanne Jaffe is a multi-disciplinary artist whose installations explore mythology, psychology, and history,
many of the themes found in the books at the Jaffe Center. Jeanne comes to JCBA from the Fine Arts Department at
the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she is Professor Emeritus. She is also a visiting artist at Xian
Academy of Fine Arts during the fall semester each year and is enthusiastic about the enrichment that develops
from international exchange. Her favorite book is The Little Prince by St Exupery, with a close second being The
Dream and the Underworld by James Hillman.
Image: Guiletta Massina in Nights of Cabiria, 1957
Daniel is a cataloger, both for the Jaffe Center and for Special Collections in general.
He has degrees from Berklee College of Music and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
and is very active in the Association of Jewish Libraries. If asked to pick a favorite book, he
would most likely choose The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami and then spend the rest of the
day second-guessing that choice. He's got two sides / and they're both friends.
Image: Bela Lugosi in Dracula, 1931
Eric, a native born son of Florida, earned his B.A. right here at Florida Atlantic University.
He is currently pursuing a second degree in Information Systems Management while helping to manage the
Jaffe Center. He is always happy to bore you with historical facts regarding Roman Antiquity, Middle Age
Islam, or early Irish Independence Movements and if you are really not careful, you might receive a lecture
upon Westerosian current affairs! The book he found most enlightening,
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius.
Image: Clark Gable in After Office Hours, 1935
Student Specialist Helen Edmunds
Helen, a native to south Florida, started her studies at Florida Atlantic University in the Fall of 2017.
While a frequent attendant of The Jaffe Centers events, she did not start working at the center until the Fall
of 2018. She is studying Studio art and Sociology at the FAU College of Arts and Letters and is expected to
graduate in 2021. Her favorite book is: The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller.
Image: Debbie Reynolds in Hit the Deck, 1955
Book Reviewer Judith Klau
Judith writes most of the reviews of artists' books that you'll find on our website. She spends winters
in Florida, which makes her a proverbial snowbird, but while most snowbirds spend their days playing golf,
Judith is much more content researching artists' books and writing about them. And if we ever have a question
about Shakespeare, we know who to ask. Favorite book? Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.
Image: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961