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The Gentleman Bosses (Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani & Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz) Granted Two Week Artist Residency at Serenbe (Sept 18 – Oct 2)

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From the SERENBE website: “The Gentlemen Bosses is a writing collective formed in 2012 and consisting of writers Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown, a trio of award-winning, internationally touring poets who are joined in their commitment to creating engaging, freshly modern work that is powerful on the stage as well as on the page. AIR Serenbe is pleased to support the Gentlemen Bosses for a 2016 Project Residency: two weeks of time and space to collaborate, experiment, and share new work with new audiences.” AIR Serenbe is a unit of The Serenbe Institute. We seek to fuse art and cultural content to further The Serenbe Institute’s mission to explore, embrace and expand the connection between nature, culture and the art of living. Since 2007, AIR Serenbe has championed the creative process by providing artists with uninterrupted time and space and a welcoming community in which to create. To learn more, please visit the Serenbe website here: http://www.airserenbe.com/

Cristin Interviewed for KTEP’s PERSPECTIVES

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From the KTEP website: “Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter was born at a time doctors rarely washed their hands or used anesthesia. In the bestselling book DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz explores the previously untold life story of this young, handsome and ambitiously brilliant surgeon whose talents in the operating room and lectures halls were unrivaled in his lifetime. Aired Aug. 28, 2016.” To listen to the interviews, click here: http://ktep.org/post/perspectives-dr-m-tters-marvels.

Cristin To Headline Texas Medical Center Library Benefit (Sept 9)

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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 sarah.keith@library.tmc.edu.” 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: http://pwcwriters.org

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, 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!

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