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    August 14, 2017
    WRITERS ON A NEW ENGLAND STAGE presents
    Award-winning author,
    journalist and surgeon
     
    ATUL GAWANDE
    with his New York Times bestseller
     
    BEING MORTAL:
    Medicine and What Matters in the End
     
    Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR and the Chicago Tribune, now in paperback
     
    Friday, September 8, at
    7:00pm
     
    “Beautifully crafted . . . BEING MORTAL is a clear-eyed, informative exploration of what growing old means in the 21st century . . . a book I cannot recommend highly enough. This should be mandatory reading for every American. . . . provides a useful roadmap of what we can and should be doing to make the last years of life meaningful.” —Time.com

    “Dr. Gawande's book is not of the kind that some doctors write, reminding us how grim the fact of death can be. Rather, he shows how patients in the terminal phase of their illness can maintain important qualities of life.” —Wall Street Journal (Best Books of 2014)

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 10, 2017  - On Friday, September 8, Atul Gawande will take the stage to discuss his New York Times bestselling book BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End. In this celebrated nonfiction work, just out in paperback, the decorated writer and surgeon addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Full of research and riveting storytelling, the book asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” It will be held at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each ticket purchased will include a discounted, autographed paperback edition of BEING MORTAL.

    "We have been working with Atul Gawande's publisher for many years to bring him and BEING MORTAL to Writers on a New England Stage. We're thrilled the day is coming, and we are not alone - we've seen unprecedented interest in Atul Gawande,his book, and its wise conclusions,” said Margaret Talcott, Producer of Writers on a New England Stage. “Few seats remain, and I encourage folks who are interested to act quickly!"

    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
     
    Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.
     
    In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures in his own practices as well as others' as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, BEING MORTAL  shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life - all the way to the very end.
     
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Atul Gawande is author of four bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon as one of the ten best books of 2007; The Checklist Manifesto; and his most recent, BEING MORTAL. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

    TICKETS
    Tickets for Writers on a New England Stage: Atul Gawande on Friday, September 8, at 7:00pm are $26 ($24 for members) and include a discounted, autographed copy of his book BEING MORTAL  (paperback). Tickets can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.
     
    About Writers on a New England Stage

    Each literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music is performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Shows are rebroadcast on New Hampshire  Public Radio.
     
    Writers on a New England Stage is a partnership Between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio
     
    Presenting Sponsors:  The University of New Hampshire; Kennebunk Savings
    Series Sponsor:  Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service
    Media Sponsor:  Yankee Magazine
     
    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa, Realtors; Portwalk Place; the River House restaurant
    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire
     
    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program; the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.
     
    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org  | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall |
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    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene” - Yankee Magazine
     
    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” -  Boston Globe
     
    For more information, contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    The Music Hall                                                                            
    mtalcott@themusichall.org
    603-433-3100x5013

    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer
    plynch@themusichall.org
     
    Praise for BEING MORTAL
    “BEING MORTAL, Atul Gawande's masterful exploration of aging, death, and the medical profession's mishandling of both, is his best and most personal book yet.” —Boston Globe

    “American medicine, BEING MORTAL reminds us, has prepared itself for life but not for death. This is Atul Gawande's most powerful--and moving--book.” —Malcolm Gladwell

    “Beautifully crafted . . . BEING MORTAL is a clear-eyed, informative exploration of what growing old means in the 21st century . . . a book I cannot recommend highly enough. This should be mandatory reading for every American. . . . it provides a useful roadmap of what we can and should be doing to make the last years of life meaningful.” —Time.com

    “Masterful . . . Essential . . . For more than a decade, Atul Gawande has explored the fault lines of medicine . . . combining his years of experience as a surgeon with his gift for fluid, seemingly effortless storytelling . . . In BEING MORTAL, he turns his attention to his most important subject yet.” —Chicago Tribune

    “Beautifully written . . . In his newest and best book, Gawande . . . has provided us with a moving and clear-eyed look at aging and death in our society, and at the harms we do in turning it into a medical problem, rather than a human one.” —The New York Review of Books

    “Atul Gawande's wise and courageous book raises the questions that none of us wants to think about . . . Remarkable.” —John Carey, The Sunday Times (UK)

    “A deeply affecting, urgently important book--one not just about dying and the limits of medicine but about living to the last with autonomy, dignity, and joy.” —Katherine Boo

    “Dr. Gawande's book is not of the kind that some doctors write, reminding us how grim the fact of death can be. Rather, he shows how patients in the terminal phase of their illness can maintain important qualities of life.” —Wall Street Journal (Best Books of 2014)

    “BEING MORTAL left me tearful, angry, and unable to stop talking about it for a week. . . . A surgeon himself, Gawande is eloquent about the inadequacy of medical school in preparing doctors to confront the subject of death with their patients. . . . it is rare to read a book that sparks with so much hard thinking.” —Nature

    “We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However it is not only medicine that is needed in one's declining years but life--a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. BEING MORTAL is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.” —Oliver Sacks

    “Gawande's book is so impressive that one can believe that it may well [change the medical profession] . . . May it be widely read and inwardly digested.” —Diana Athill, Financial Times (UK)
    “Eloquent, moving.” —The Economist (Best Books of 2014)

    “A great read that leaves you better equipped to face the future, and without making you feel like you just took your medicine.” —Mother Jones (Best Books of 2014)

    “Beautiful.” —New Republic

    “Gawande displays the precision of his surgical craft and the compassion of a humanist . . . in a narrative that often attains the force and beauty of a novel . . . Only a precious few books have the power to open our eyes while they move us to tears. Atul Gawande has produced such a work. One hopes it is the spark that ignites some revolutionary changes in a field of medicine that ultimately touches each of us.” —Shelf Awareness (Best Books of 2014)

    “A needed call to action, a cautionary tale of what can go wrong, and often does, when a society fails to engage in a sustained discussion about aging and dying.” —San Francisco Chronicle
     
    Contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    mtalcott@themusichall.org