The concept of romantic love relies on whimsical spontaneity, magical coincidence, and being mutually smitten-at-first-sight. Which makes the idea of Australian writer Graeme Simsion's debut novel, "The Rosie Project," absolutely fantastic. Genetics professor Don Tillman has devised a logic-based quest for a spouse. He's so organized and analytical in his search that an initial candidate, Rosie Jarmon - chronically tardy and a smoker, drinker and fun-haver - is completely unacceptable. But he can't get her off his mind. This hilarious and touching international bestseller is starting to break big in the States, so here are two great chances to meet Simsion. He appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Madison's RJ Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, (203) 245-3959, and at noon Wednesday in Mystic's Bank Square Books, 53 Main St., (860) 536-3795.
- Rick Koster