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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, Amazon.com, 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 bonesandbooks.events@gmail.com 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 bonesandbooks.events@gmail.com for further information.” Here’s a link to the FB event page for more information and to spread the word!

DR MUTTER’S MARVELS reviewed in RAIN TAXI

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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!

DR MUTTER’S MARVELS TOUR: SECOND LEG

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
FaceBook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1758162244410506/

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
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/945876512151087/

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
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/752887558172338/

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
FACE BOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/113358005680744/

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
Event Website: http://bexleylibrary.org/node/3160

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
EVENT WEBSITE: http://serenbe.com/events/words-in-your-face-with-cristin-okeefe-aptowicz

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
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/467660393409622/

Cristin’s Fall 2015 / Dr Mütter’s Marvels Paperback Book Tour Dates Announced

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Cristin is absolutely thrilled to be hitting the road for most of Fall 2015 in support of the paperback release of her New York Times Best Selling book, DR MUTTER’S MARVELS. She will be giving talks and readings in Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, Newark, Brooklyn, Boston, Columbus (OH), Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, Cleveland and Austin, among others! If you are in the area, please come on out!

(Please note: this schedule will be updated frequently, so please check back! The latest update for this posting was Aug 24th)

COA FALL 2015 TOUR

Tues September 8, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS Official Paperback Release at the Mütter Museum
Where else to launch the paperback book than at the museum where it all began: The Mutter Museum! Aptowicz will be in conversation with Thomas Jefferson University head archivist F. Michael Angelo about Mütter’s role as an outlier and game-changer in early 19th century medicine. This lively presentation will include numerous illustrations and specimens—both from the Mutter Museum’s own collection and from the archive of Thomas Jefferson University, where Mutter taught and served as Chair of Surgery for a decade and half. Wine & Chesse will be served, and the event will be followed by a signing!
Where: Mutter Museum, 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
When: 6:30pm
To snag YOUR ticket, click here: here.

Weds September 9, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS Book Event at Chester County Book Company
Cristin is thrilled to be returning to West Chester, PA, for a book event at Chester Country Books! Cristin’s brother, Dr Kevin Aptowicz, is a professor at West Chester University, so she is particularly interested in putting on a good show! The talk will be followed by a Q&A and signing!
Where: Chester County Book Company, 967 Paoli Pike, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380
When: 7pm
Facebook event Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cristin-OKeefe-Aptowicz/106211019418057
Store Website: http://www.chestercountybooks.com/upcoming-events

Thurs September 10, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at the International Museum of Surgical Science
Cristin is excited to have a DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Chicago’s fantastic International Museum of Surgical Science! Come on out for a talk, Q&A and signing!
Where: International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610
When: 7pm
Museum website: www.imss.org

Sun Septemeber 13, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Cristin is honored that her book was selected as the Book of the Month by the West Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Book Club, Books in the Boneyard. Come join Cristin for a talk and Q&A at one of Philadelphia’s most beautiful and storied cemeteries… and maybe visit the graves of some of the people featured in the book!
Where: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
When: 2pm
Website: http://www.forever-care.com/events.php?item=444

Tues September 15, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Johns Hopkins Barnes & Noble
Cristin is excited to giving a book talk about Thomas Dent Mutter at the Barnes & Noble located on the campus of the legendary medical school, Johns Hopkins! There will be a slideshow of images, and the talk will be followed by at Q&A And signing!
Where: Johns Hopkins B&N, 3330 St. Paul Street #2391, Baltimore, MD 21218
When: 7pm
Event Page: http://johns-hopkins.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBcalendarEventListView?eventYear=2015&showStoreId=18053&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=18053&eventMonth=8
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/931785586867313/

Weds September 16, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Catholic University Barnes & Noble
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: Barnes & Noble at Catholic University, 625 Monroe St. NE A3-A6
When: 6pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/109837096034877/

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
FaceBook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1758162244410506/

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
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/945876512151087/

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
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/752887558172338/

Tues September 29, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Penn Barnes & Noble
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 in conversation with Joshua Meyer, the head archivist at the University of Pennsylvania. The talk will be followed by at Q&A And signing!
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!
WHERE: The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
WHEN: 7pm
FACE BOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/113358005680744/

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
Event Website: http://bexleylibrary.org/node/3160

Tues Oct 6, 2015
DR MÜTTER’S MARVELS Event at Margaret Mitchell House
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: Margaret Mitchell House,990 Peachtree St, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
WHEN: 7pm
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/467660393409622/

Mon Oct 12, 2015
DR MÜTTER’S MARVELS Event at BookPeople in Austin
Cristin is thrilled to be celebrating her paperback release inher adopted hometown of Austin, TX! Cristin will be bringing some interesting Mütter artifacts from her own collection, as well as some other surprises! Q & A to follow!
WHERE: BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703
WHEN: 7pm

Thurs Oct 15, 2015
“Live and Let Learn” Event at Katz JCC
Come out early for this “Nosh and Knowledge” event Doors open at 10am to allow people to mingle/eat. Talk around 10:45, followed by signing.
WHERE: Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
WHEN: 10am

Thurs Oct 22, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Powells
Cristin is thrilled to be coming back to Powells for the DR MUTTER’S MARVELS paperback event. Cristin will give a talk about the good, the bad & the grotesque of the life of Thomas Dent Mutter at one of her favorite bookstores in the country. There will be a slideshow of images, and the talk will be followed by at Q&A And signing!
Where: 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
When: 7:30pm

Fri Oct 23, 2015
DR MUTTER’S MARVELS book event at Seattle University Bookstore
Cristin is thrilled to be coming back to Seattle for the DR MUTTER’S MARVELS paperback event. Cristin will give a talk about the good, the bad & the grotesque of the life of Thomas Dent Mutter.. There will be a slideshow of images, and the talk will be followed by at Q&A And signing!
Where: University Bookstore, 823 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
When: 7pm

Cristin to Join the Armada! (Book Tour!)

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Cristin is so thrilled & delighted to be supporting Ernie Cline on a two week leg of his book tour for his latest novel, ARMADA, which has receiving rave reviews, including starred reviews in BOOKLIST and LIBRARY JOURNAL which wrote, “…Cline mines the nostalgia and geek spheres just as successfully as he did in his acclaimed debut, READY PLAYER ONE.” I will NOT be reading or giving any talks myself during this tour, but I will be in the following bookstores supporting Ernie! So feel free to come out, snag a copy of ARMADA, and I’ll happily sign any books of mine in stock for you as well:
Mon, July 13th / Copperfield’s Bookstore (140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA, 7pm)
Tue, July 14th / Kepler’s Bookstore (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA, 7:30pm)
Wed, July 15th / Powell’s City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR, 12:30pm)
Wed, July 15th / Powell’s at Cedar Hills (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR, 7pm)
Thu, July 16th / University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA, NOON)
Thu, July 16th / Whatcom Community College, Heiner Center, 237 W Kellogg Street, Bellingham, WA, 7pm)
Mon, July 20th / Weyerhaeuser Chapel @ Macalester College (1600 Grand Ave., Saint Paul, MN 7pm)
Tue, July 21st / Wentz Concert Hall (171 East Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL, 7pm)
Wed, July 22nd / The Book Loft (631 S. 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43206) 6pm
Thu, July 23rd / Barnes & Noble Union Square (33 E. 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, 7pm)

Cristin to Speak about Thomas Dent Mutter for the American Association of University Women

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Cristin is honored to be lecturing about Thomas Dent Mutter for the American Association for University Women, an organization which claims her own mother, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, as a member. The event is on Tuesday May 12th, is FREE and open to the public! And will take place at the Brandywine Senior Living at the Gables (515 Jack Martin Blvd, Brick NJ 08724; 732-836-1400). The doors will open for the event at 6:30pm, and refreshments are being provided!

Cristin to Perform at Washington and Lee University

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Cristin is thrilled to be making her debut at Washington and Lee Univerity! She will be hosting a workshop on publishing in the afternoon, and then will be performing her poetry live in the evening! The publishing workshop is closed (alas!), but the performance is FREE and open to the public! 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Elrod Commons Living Room! For more information, click here.

Cristin to Perform on Double Decker Poetry Bus Tour in LA

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From the FB event page: “Come join Amber Tamblyn, Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani, Cristin Okeefe Aptowicz, Jeremy Radin and special surprise guests as we take over the streets of Long Beach on a booze filled double decker bus journey. The event kicks off at 6pm sharp at the brass lamp, across from beachwood bbq downtown long beach, next door to the new bookshop known as Open. You may bring your own beer or booze but mai tai’s and some beer will be provided. 21 and up. We will be making stops at a secret lifeguard tower, the brass lamp book bar, a pub crash and the historic queen mary, and returning to the brass lamp around 930 pm for a dance party! The party happened Sunday May 3rd. Doors at 530. Showcase at 6pm. Bring a jacket or sweatshirt. Bring booze if you like. Meet at the new book bar called the brass lamp across from beachwood bbq at 530pm. stay later for the dance party if you dare!”

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