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Happy Birthday To Scarsdale’s Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel turns 41 on Friday.
Jacob M. Appel turns 41 on Friday. Photo Credit:

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Scarsdale’s Jacob M. Appel!

Jacob M. Appel, who grew up in Scarsdale, turns 41 on Friday.

Appel, an author, bioethicist, physician, lawyer and social critic, was born on Feb. 21, 1973, in the Bronx.

He is best known for his short stories, his work as a playwright, and his writing in the fields of reproductive ethics, organ donation, neuroethics and euthanasia. Appel's novel, "The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up," won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012.

Among the other awards he has won for his short stories are those sponsored by The Boston Review (1998) and New Millennium Writings (2004, 2007, 2008). He won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for best short story in 2004 and a Sherwood Anderson Foundation grant in 2005. His fiction has been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007,), Best American Nonrequired Reading (2006,), Best American Mystery Stories (2009) and the Pushcart Prize (2006, 2007, 2011).