EventsAuthor Dawn Raffel in conversation with Donna Seaman: "The Strange Case of Dr. Couney"

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Author Dawn Raffel in conversation with Donna Seaman: "The Strange Case of Dr. Couney"

Harold Washington Library Center


photo credit: Claire Holt

Author Dawn Raffel joins us to discuss her new book, The Strange Case Of Dr. Couney: How A Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands Of American Babies, an extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant doctor became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies. In fact, he displayed them in incubators in exhibits at World's Fairs and sideshows. But was he a real doctor?

Dawn Raffel's illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Previous books include a critically acclaimed novel, Carrying the Body and two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and "In the Year of Long Division." A longtime magazine editor, she helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine, where she was executive articles editor. She has also taught creative writing in the MFA program at Columbia University; at summer literary seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania; and at the Center for Fiction in New York. She now works as an independent editor and book reviewer.

Ms. Raffel appears in conversation with Donna Seaman, author and Senior Editor at Booklist.

Seating in the Auditorium is available first come, first served (385 max.). Books are available for purchase and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

Photo credit: Claire Holt

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