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Prescribing Stories: Reading and Discussion with Physician Authors Chris Adrian and Terrence Holt

Past Series, The Writing Lives Series

dateOctober 15, 2012 timeMonday, 6:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated
  • Photo ID required for entry
B&W photo of two doctors treating two young patients

Terrence Holt and Chris Adrian are both physicians and award-winning fiction writers. In this event, they read from their work and discuss, among other topics, the nature of narratives told at the intersection of medicine and literature.

The San Francisco Chronicle said of Chris Adrian's recent novel The Children's Hospital, "one of the most revelatory novels in recent memory [. . .] Cleverly conceived and executed brilliantly." He was one of the 20 under 40 fiction writers chosen by The New Yorker in 2010.

The New York Times said of Terrence Holt's debut short-story collection In the Valley of the Kings: "American short fiction in particular — from Poe and Hawthorne to the present — unfurls at midnight: a dark affair emphasizing our want of health in a civilization gone sick. Terrence Holt’s first story collection [. . .] now joins the brigade."

Sayantani DasGupta--a pediatrician on faculty in Narrative Medicine at Columbia and co-editor of the award-winning Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies--will moderate this discussion.

  • Featured Speaker Chris Adrian Author
  • Featured Speaker Terrence Holt Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine University of North Carolina, School of Medicine
  • Moderator Sayantani DasGupta Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Faculty, Master's Program in Narrative Medicine Columbia University