Cristin To Headline Texas Medical Center Library Benefit

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Cristin is thrilled the keynote talk of The Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library’s annual book and author fundraising event on Friday, September 9, at the TMC Library, 1133 John Freeman Blvd. From the event website: “The event will take place from 7:00 until 9:30 pm and will feature an illustrated lecture by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, author of Dr. Mütter’s Marvels. Ms. Aptowicz will shine a spotlight on the good, the bad and grotesque of 19th century medicine and on the life of Thomas Dent Mütter, a brilliant, flamboyant surgeon who specialized in performing radical reconstructive surgery of the severely deformed in a time before anesthesia. Dr. Mütter’s Marvels made seven national “Best Books of 2014” lists. Also an accomplished poet, Ms. Aptowicz performs and lectures internationally and nationally, including performances at Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College and the Universities of Australia. We are delighted that she will appear at our fundraiser.Katherine Whaley, ABC Channel 13 Traffic Anchor, will emcee this event. A native Houstonian, Katherine is an award-winning journalist, traffic guru, and food writer. She joined ABC 13 in October of 2014 as a Traffic Anchor. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in History. Ms. Whaley is a gem and we are thrilled she will be part of this occasion.Fabulous food and wine will be served, and there will be a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Friends Fund for Staff Development.For more information, please contact Sarah Keith 713-799-7108 or” For more information, click the link here.

Cristin Marries Longtime Friend Ernest Cline

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On June 18, 2016, Cristin wed her longtime friend, the novelist / screenwriter, Ernie Cline, in her hometown of Philadelphia. Their officiant was Write Bloody Publishing founder & poet, Derrick Brown, and both Cline family DeLoreans — ECTO-88 and EOD-88 — were in attendance. To read the official wedding announcement in The New York Times, click here.

Cristin’s book, DR MUTTER’S MARVELS, is Selected as Shady Side Academy’s All School Read

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Cristin is thrilled & honored that her latest nonfiction book, the New York Times Best Seller Dr Mutter’s Marvels, has been selected by Shady Side Academy as its all school read. Shady Side Academy, located near Pittsburgh, PA, is the alma mater of one of Cristin’s literary heroes, historian David McCullough, and Cristin has served as the school’s visiting writer for several years. However, with the school’s selection of Dr Mutter’s Marvels as an all-school read, all SSA students and staff will read the book, and Cristin will be visiting with numerous classes, across numerous disciplines. For more information on this program, please visit the SSA Reading Website here.

Cristin will be Keynote Speaker at Philadelphia Writer’s Conference

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Cristin is honored to being giving the keynote speech at this year’s Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, which is America’s longest running writers’ conference. The conference will take place from June 10th – 12th, and the Keynote Banquet will take place on Saturday Night June 11th. For more information on the conference, including how to join the festivities, please visit there website:

Cristin’s Book Named one of “7 Books That Perfectly Capture The Spirit Of Philadelphia” by Bustle

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Cristin is very proud that Bustle named Dr Mutter’s Marvels as one of “7 Books That Perfectly Capture The Spirit Of Philadelphia.” Writer Amy Sachs wrote: “Most pieces of Philadelphia history are taught to us in our high school history classes: the American Revolution, The Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross, the list goes on and on. For a Hamilton fan like myself, I love all that stuff now more than ever. But the medical history of the city is so often overlooked, it makes books like Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s Dr. Mutter’s Marvels more important than ever. This work of nonfiction focuses on the important medical work and research done in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century.” To read the whole list, please click here.

Cristin’s “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: Unmaking Monsters” at SXSW on March 15th

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Cristin is thrilled to be returning to SXSW 15 years after her first appearance! From the SXSW website: “Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz gives an illustrated talk on Thomas Dent Mütter, founder of Philadelphia’s (in)famous Mütter Museum and subject of her New York Times best selling book Dr Mütter’s Marvels. Aptowicz shines a spotlight on the good, the bad and grotesque of 19th century medicine, and on the life of Thomas Dent Mütter, a brilliant surgeon who specialized on performing radical reconstructive surgery on the severely deformed in a time before anesthesia. Mutter was so flamboyant, in life and in the operating theater, that he would be crowned the “P.T. Barnum of the surgery room.” Dr Mutter’s Marvels was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 3 months, and was named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR,, the UK newspaper The Guardian, and The Onion’s AV Club, among other. The Wall Street Journal wrote that Aptowicz “rescues Mütter the man from undeserved obscurity, re-creating his short life and hard times with wit, energy, and gusto… A reminder that the course of human suffering and the progress of medical science are often messy, complex, and stranger than can be imagined.”” The event will take place at Tuesday, March 15 at 3:30PM in Room 10AB at the Austin Convention Center. For more information, please visit the SXSW website here.

Cristin to Give Mütter Lecture at Cleveland Musuem of Natural History (Jan 13)

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From the Cleveland Museum of Natural History website: “Join New York Times bestselling author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz as she discusses the life and career of the famous surgeon Thomas Dent Mütter as detailed in her book “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.” “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels” chronicles the remarkable life of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter (1811-1859): a dazzling, young American surgeon who was so flamboyant and audacious that he wore colorful silk suits to perform surgery, embellished his last name with an umlaut, and was described as the “[P.T.] Barnum of the surgery room.” Mütter was a revolutionary figure whose compassion-based philosophies and innovative surgical ideas and breakthroughs clashed with the constraints of his time. The vast collection of medical oddities he amassed to serve as teaching tools for his enormously popular lectures as a professor of medicine would later become the foundation for one of the most (in)famous museums in the world: Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum. Please note that specimens from the Mütter Museum will not be on display at this event. A book signing follows the talk, which is free with general admission. The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store.” Here’s a link to the FB event page to RSVP & spread the word!

Cristin to Give Mütter Talk in Association with Berkeley’s The Bone Room (Jan 9)

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From The Bone Room website: “Join us for An Evening of Bones & Books, as we return with our first event of the new year. Dive into the mind of historic physician and oddity collector, Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, with a detailed biography of his life, contributions to medicine, and interest in the bizarre. ‘Dr. Mütter’s Marvels’ is a New York Times bestseller by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and chronicles the debonaire doctor’s journey through medicine and love of natural anomalies. Guests at the event can enjoy a lecture and Q&A with Cristin, a book signing, and a special appearance by a mystery guest. In order to guarantee a seat, please RSVP to and include your name and number of guests. Those who come to the event without an RSVP will be asked to wait in line until 7:15pm, at which point unclaimed seats will be given on a first come-first served basis. We advise arriving promptly and coordinating travels ahead of time. Copies of ‘Dr. Mütter’s Marvels’ are now available for sale at The Bone Room (1573 Solano Ave) for $17, and available for loan at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library (1170 The Alameda). Additional Mütter memorabilia will be available for purchase at the event. This event is FREE to attend, and open to all ages! We do advise that children be accompanied by an adult, as props will be used that may be upsetting to more sensitive guests. Please note that the RSVPs on this event page do not reflect the actual RSVP total; please address any questions or comments to for further information.” Here’s a link to the FB event page for more information and to spread the word!


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The paperback edition of DR MUTTER’S MARVELS received a rave review in RAIN TAXI. “Mütter’s is a great American success story: impoverished orphan grows up to revolutionize his field and win the adoration of his colleagues, all through hard work, ingenuity, and a plucky good nature. Our hero even has a foil: the almost comically retrograde Dr. Charles Meigs, who clashes with Mütter in a series of dramatic showdowns,” the review reads.” [G]iven the engaging nature of this work, readers will clamor for Aptowicz to write a companion volume discussing the collection in a similar context.” To read the full review, click here.

Second Leg of DR MUTTER’S MARVELS Paperback Tour Begins!

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Cristin is absolutely thrilled to be hitting the road for the second leg of her tour in support of the paperback release of her New York Times Best Selling book, DR MUTTER’S MARVELS. In this leg, she will be giving talks and readings in Jersey City (NJ), Asbury Park (NJ), Brooklyn (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Cambridge (MA), Columbus (OH), Chattahoochee Hills (GA), and Atlanta (GA)! If you are in the area, please come on out!


Weds September 23, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at WORD Books in Jersey City
Cristin is excited to giving a book talk about the good, the bad & the grotesque of the life of Thomas Dent Mutter at the Barnes & Noble at Catholic University! There will be a slideshow of images, and the talk will be followed by at Q&A And signing!
Where: WORD Books, 123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
When: 7:30pm
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Thurs Sept 24, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Paranormal Books & Curiosities
What could be cooler than doing a book event at NJ’s famed Paranormal Books & Curiosities? Being in conversation with NJ’s own Alex Biese. Talk to be followed by Q&A and signing.
WHERE: Paranormal Books & Curiosities, 627 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
WHEN: 7pm
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Mon Sept 28, 2015
Terrifying Beauty: Dr Mütter’s Marvels’ Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz in Conversation with Dark Sparkler’s Amber Tamblyn at the Morbid Anatomy Museum
In celebration of the paperback release of the New York Times best selling nonfiction book Dr Mütter’s Marvels, author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz returns to the Morbid Anatomy Museum for a conversation about life, death and writing with writer / director / actress Amber Tamblyn, author of the recently released Dark Sparkler. Aptowicz and Tamblyn will discuss the good, the bad and the unsettling of researching and writing about suffering, illness and death, and what lessons they have learned — as writers and as human beings — in writing and releasing their books. The conversation will be followed by a brief Q&A and signing.
WHERE: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424A 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
WHEN: 7pm

Tues September 29, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Penn Bookstore
Cristin is excited to giving a book talk about Thomas Dent Mutter at the home of the very medical school where Mutter earned his degree: the University of Pennsylvnia! Cristin will be going a talk with slideshow, followed by a Q&A and signing! FREE!
Where: UPenn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
When: 6pm

Weds September 30, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Harvard Coop
Cristin is excited to giving a book talk about the good, the bad & the grotesque of the life of Thomas Dent Mutter for the Harvard Coop Bookstore! There will be a slideshow of images, and the talk will be followed by at Q&A And signing! She will be joined by poets Megan Thoma and Simone Beaubien, who will be reading excerpts from the book! Come on out!
WHERE: The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
WHEN: 7pm

Sun Oct 4, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event in Columbus OH
Cristin is excited to giving a book talk about the good, the bad & the grotesque of the life of Thomas Dent Mutter in Columbus, OH! The Book Loft bookstore is organizing the event, which will be held in association with a local library. There will be a slideshow of images, and the talk will be followed by at Q&A And signing!
Where: Bexley Library, C2411 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209
When: 3pm
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Mon Oct 5, 2015
WORDS IN YOUR FACE talk at Serenbe
Cristin is honored to be doing a book talk at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta, GA, in association with the Atlanta History Center. Cristin will be giving a talk about the good, the bad and the grotesque of the life and time of Thomas Dent Mutter. Talk to be followed by Q&A and signing.
WHERE: The Oak Room at The Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chatt Hills, GA 30268
WHEN: 7pm

Tues Oct 6, 2015
DR MÜTTER’S MARVELS Event at Margaret Mitchell House
From Serenbe website: “Poet, historian & New York Times best-selling author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will give a lively and animated talk on the birth, growing pains and enduring importance of the American Poetry Slam movement. Cristin will use archival footage of poetry slams illustrate poetry slam’s impact, and to engage with the Serenbe community. She will conclude her talk with a brief performance of her award-winning poetry.”
WHERE: Margaret Mitchell House,990 Peachtree St, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
WHEN: 7pm

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