Sunday, February 17, 2008

Grub Street South@Buttonwood Books: Pauline Chen

Hope to see you at Buttonwood Books at Shaw's Plaza in Cohasset, MA. And check back on Tuesday for my interview with Dr. Chen. Ever wonder how a surgeon, mother of twins, and clinician manages to create the time to write? Check back on Tuesday...

Monday, February 18, 7 PM
Teacher: Dr. Pauline W. Chen
Topic: Mining Your Past: Windows onto Vanished Worlds.
Class Description
“To describe her workshop, Dr. Chen opens with a quote by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Louis Menand:
“Writing is a window. It opens onto vanished feelings and vanished worlds.”

Chen continues:

“While our own vanished worlds can be attics full of rich inspiration, accessing those memories and spinning them into narratives can be complicated. Through discussion and writing exercises, we will begin to explore ways to mine our past, to develop ideas, and to tackle the inherent difficulties of doing so.”

Dr. Pauline W. Chen is the author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality. It is a collection of thoughtful essays reflecting on modern medicine and its relationship to death and dying. Please join us for an inspiring evening.

PAULINE W. CHEN attended Harvard University and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and completed her surgical training at Yale University, the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health), and UCLA, where she was most recently a member of the faculty. In 1999, she was named the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year. Chen grew up in Cambridge, MA and currently lives near Boston with her husband and children.

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