Morrison Center Presents Cabin's Reading & Conversation with Abraham Verghese, 11/5

Morrison Center Presents Cabin's Reading & Conversation with Abraham Verghese, 11/5

As part of the 2012-2013 Readings & Conversations series, The Cabin welcomes best-selling author, health advocate and physician Abraham Verghese to the Morrison Center on November 5 at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Morrison Center box office or online at

**Please note venue has changed to the Morrison Center**

Abraham Verghese is Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He is also the author of two memoirs, The Tennis Partner: A Story of Friendship and Loss, and My Own Country: A Doctor's Story, and the novel Cutting for Stone. The widely acclaimed Cutting for Stone, published in 2009 spent more than two years as a bestseller on The New York Times Paperback Fiction list. Writer John Irving notes, "That Abraham Verghese is a doctor and a writer is already established; the miracle of this novel is how organically the two are entwined. Cutting for Stone is a remarkable achievement."

Born in Ethiopia to Indian parents, Verghese pursued a medical education in Africa and India before selecting a residency program in Johnson City, Tennessee. In 1991, he gave up a tenured position as an assistant professor of medicine to attend the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa where he earned an MFA. The focus of his writing and work is to explore the importance of bedside medicine and the value of the physical examination in a technology driven field. Dr. Verghese is widely known for his advocacy on behalf of patients, and as a lecturer on the topics of medicine, physician-patient relationships and writing.

Readings & Conversations is celebrating 11 years as Idaho's premiere annual series presenting internationally acclaimed literary figures who share their work, thoughts about their work, and perspectives on important issues of our time.

Cutting for Stone author, Abraham Verghese will be at the Morrison Center, 2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, Idaho, on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at 7:30 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm). For tickets, visit the Morrison Center box office, or go online at For more information, call (208) 331-8000 or visit

The Cabin is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and celebrate a love of reading, writing and discourse throughout Idaho and the region. The Cabin is open Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm at 801 S. Capitol Boulevard, Boise, Idaho. Telephone: (208) 331-8000. Email:

Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,037-seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's premier performing arts center. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River, with a panoramic view of the city, parks and foothills, the Center's 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol's picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison, and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984. Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, annually hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages.


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