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Check this page often for news about locations at which Howard Jay Smith is reading from and signing copies of Beethoven in Love; Opus 139, and other special events.

Three terrific new endorsements in advance of publication

“Do we really need another book about Beethoven? A resounding ‘Yes!’ if it is Howard Jay Smith’s concerto quasi una fantasia, Beethoven in Love, Opus 139. Smith’s novel abandons the assumed and fabricated ‘truths’ of the Beethoven life, and prefers to bring in outsiders--especially Napoleon himself--into the mix. This is a Beethoven of the imagination: irascible, argumentative, difficult, and yet passionate and tender. Smith treats Beethoven like the human he was, augments the faults, diminishes the virtues, and the resultant humanity only serves to create an even larger larger-than-life hero. The ‘untamed personality’ that Goethe used to describe Beethoven is here in full.”   --Douglas Dutton, Professor of Music, LACC, SMC, The Colburn School of Performing Arts Los Angeles, CA, formerly owner of Dutton's Books

Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 is a great pleasure, and a beguiling fictional interpretation of the tragedies and extraordinary accomplishments of one of the greatest composers in history, a novel that reminds us of Beethoven’s true genius—and his humanity.”   --Nir Kabaretti, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony


Beethoven in Love; Opus 139: Concerto Quasi Una Fantasia is a welcome addition to the myriad poems, novels, short stories, and dramas inspired by the composer and his music. The novel’s portrayal of Beethoven as he reflects on life, comes to terms with imminent death, and longs for one day of pure joy is a captivating blend of biography, history, philosophy, music, and fantasy. The author’s imaginative approach encourages the reader to take a fresh look at Beethoven the man and discover new significance in his music.”   --Donna Beckage, Ph.D., author of “Beethoven in Literature”



Advance Readers' Copies available
for a limited time


Readers who would like to receive an Advance Readers Copy of Beethoven in Love; Opus 139, which are available for a limited time only, can purchase one at 



New West Symphony Summer Fund-raiser
Presentation, August 25, Westlake Village, CA

Author Howard Jay Smith spoke about and read from his new novel Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 at an annual "The Pleasure of Your Company" fund-raiser for the New West Symphony on August 25 in Westlake Village, California. Click here for more information. The event was a sell out!

American Beethoven Society
30th Anniversary Conference, July 25, San Jose, CA


Author Howard Jay Smith presented to great acclaim at the thirtieth anniversary conference of the American Beethoven Society at San Jose State University on Saturday, July 25.  Smith read from the novel and discussed how he has employed the tools of fiction to explore essential truths in the life of the historical Beethoven in his new novel Beethoven in Love; Opus 139. Click here for more information.

Internationally renowned artist Zak Smith
contibutes cover art to Beethoven in Love; Opus 139


Zak Smith, son of author Howard Jay Smith and an internationally renowned artist, has contributed a stunning original drawing to the cover of his father's highy acclaimed new novel. Smith's paintings have appeared in or are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Mellon, and the Saatchi Gallery in London. His books include Pictures of Girls and Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, and We Did Porn.  For more information about Zak Smith and his work, click here.

Publication Date for Beethoven in Love; Opus 139
January 12, 2016

Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 was published by Say Yes Quickly Books on January 12, 2016. Sales of both physical books and e-reader editions began that day at all online booksellers. 



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