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 Joao Victor Lordello
Joao, born and raised in Brazil, moved to Florida in 2014. He started his studies at Florida Atlantic University
in the Summer of 2017 and started working with the Jaffe Center ever since. He is studying marketing at the FAU
College of Business and is expected to graduate in 2021. His favorite book is:
The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs.
Image: Buster Keaton in The General, 1926
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
Student Volunteer Sarah Forester
Sarah is an out-of-state FAU student from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is pursuing a degree in Political
Science and Communications. She chose FAU for the beautiful South Florida weather and its proximity to the beach,
but now also includes her love for the Jaffe center. Her favorite book: On the Beach by Nevil Shute.
Image: Lucille Ball in I love Lucy, circa 1954