Terrifying Beauty: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Author of “Dr Mütter’s Marvels” in Conversation with Actress and Writer Amber Tamblyn
Date: Monday, September 28th
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn NY
***Copies of the books will be available for sale.
Tickets Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2220490
In celebration of the paperback release of the New York Times best selling nonfiction book Dr Mütter’s Marvels, author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz returns to the Morbid Anatomy Museum for a conversation about life, death and writing with writer / director / actress Amber Tamblyn, author of the recently released Dark Sparkler.
With Dr Mütter’s Marvels, Aptowicz uncovers the true story of Thomas Dent Mutter, a surgeon who specialized in reconstructive surgery on the severely deformed in a time before anathema. The Wall Street Journal wrote that Aptowicz “rescued Mütter the man from undeserved obscurity, recreating his short life and hard times with wit, energy, and gusto… a reminder that the courts of human suffering and the progress of medical science are often messy, complex and stranger than be imagined.” The book, which includes over six dozen illustrations of Mutter’s life and often heavily deformed patients, made numerous “Best Books of 2014″ lists (including Amazon, NPR’s Science Friday, The Onion’s AV Club and more) and stayed on the New York Times Best Seller List for three months.
With Dark Sparkler, Tamblyn dives deeps and devastatingly into the world of Hollywood, chronicling the lives and deaths of more than 30 actresses who died too young. The book ends with brutally honest epilogue chronicling the author’s own trajectory as a child star actress and the experience of writing poems about dead actresses. Illustrated with numerous original artwork and portraits of the women by such luminaries as Marcel Dzama, Marilyn Manson, David Lynch, and Tamblyn’s own father, actor Russ Tamblyn, The Guardian called Dark Sparkler “a haunting and extraordinarily daring work.”
Aptowicz and Tamblyn will discuss the good, the bad and the unsettling of researching and writing about suffering, illness and death, and what lessons they have learned — as writers and as human beings — in writing and releasing their books.
The conversation will be followed by a brief Q & A and signing.