Princeton Today: Dreaming for Freud


Author Sheila Kohler will discuss her book “Dreaming for Freud: A Novel” at 6 p.m. at Labyrinth Books. Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels “Becoming Jane Eyre” and “Love Child”, Sheila Kohler’s latest book is inspired by Sigmund Freud’s “Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.”

In the fall of 1900, Dora’s father forces her to begin treatment with the doctor. Visiting him daily, the seventeen-year-old girl lies on his ottoman and tells him frankly about her strange life and  her father’s desires. But Dora abruptly ends her treatment after only eleven weeks, just as Freud was convinced he was on the cusp of a major discovery. In “Dreaming for Freud” Kohler explores what might have happened between the man who changed the face of psychotherapy and the beautiful young woman who gave him her dreams.

Sheila Kohler is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including the novels. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has won an O’Henry Prize twice. Other awards include an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. Kohler teaches at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

Labyrinth Books is located at 122 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton.


Algorithm & Blues – The Wilson College Signature Lecture Series will present “Algorithm & Blues: A Reading by Joshua Bennett” at 5 p.m. in McCosh Hall, Room 10, at Princeton University. Bennett, an award-winning poet, storyteller and scholar, has recited his original works at events and venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, NAACP Image Awards and the Kennedy Center.

Film and Discussion: “How to Die in Oregon” – Filmmaker Peter Richardson examines the issues faced by terminally ill people who request medication which will cause their death. Assisted death is now legal in five states and seven more, including New Jersey, have pending legislation. 1 hour, 47 minutes. Following the screening a discussion of the film will take place between a panel including Prof. Gordon Graham from the Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. David Barile, CEO and Medical Director New Jersey Goals of Care; Prof. Nancy Duff, also of the Princeton Theological Seminary; and Evan Nison from Compassion and Choices, New Jersey chapter. 6 p.m. Princeton Public Library Community Room. Free.


Screening of  “Nue Propriété” – Rockefeller College and the Department of French and Italian will screen “Nue Propriété (Private Property)” as part of a new French film series at 7 p.m. in the Rockefeller College Theater at Princeton University. The 2006 film starring Isabelle Huppert is about a mother trying to make a new start by urging her young adult twins to move out. All screenings are in French with English subtitles.

International Folk Dance at the Princeton Shopping Center – Ethnic dances of many countries. Dance with the Princeton Folk Dance at the Kristina Johnson Pop-Up Studio at the Princeton Shopping Center. Beginners welcome, no partner needed. Lesson followed by dance. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission $5.


Partly sunny, high of 76 degrees.


Princeton – Vandeventer Avenue closed between Wiggins and Nassau for sewer work. residents in that neighborhood will not be able to use water for about six to right hours at some point while work is done.

Accident at intersection of Elm and Route 206 cleared as of 8:40 a.m.

Bank Street will be closed through Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, due to construction. Residents and employees enter Bank St. via Chambers St. during the closure.

Milling and paving on Paul Robeson Place will take place Oct. 9-11 from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m.Traffic will be reduced to one lane of travel during the milling, and closed all together during the paving processes. Parking will be prohibited on Paul Robeson Place throughout the operation. Expect delays. Plan an alternate route.

Hopewell -Road work continues along Blackwell Road into the intersection of Pennington Lawrenceville Road (Route 546) between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Motorists should expect minor delays when traveling through this area.

Lawrence – Pennington-Lawrenceville Road (County Route 546) from Federal City Road to U.S. Route 206 resurfacing work continues. One lane open in each direction.

Route 206 between the Fackler Road Extension and Province Line Road is being reconstructed as part of a water main project. The work is being done mostly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.