Harvardwood Suggests... Book Launch of AT THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSE by Samuel Shem

November 14, 2016 at 7:00pm - 9pm
Soho Playhouse
14 Vandam Pl
New York, NY 10013
United States
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"A gorgeous novel set against the fascinating backdrop of Chinese mountains, a hauntingly universal account of loss, gain, and new beginnings.”  Bill McKibben, The End of Nature 

“A moving story full of understanding, intimacy, and psychological intensity.”  Ha Jin, Waiting


Best-selling author Samuel Shem will discuss his latest novel, At The Heart of the Universe(Seven Stories Press), from 7 to 8:45 p.m.  on Nov. 14 at the SoHo Playhouse, New York City. Joining Shem for this deeply personal evening of story-telling and dialogue with the audience will be his wife, the author Janet Surrey, and their daughter, Katie Surrey Bergman.

Together, the family will share their own experiences about adoption from China, which led Shem to write At the Heart of the Universe. The book, set in 1991, is the story of two mothers and a father in love with the same daughter. It is an epic novel set deep in rural China, against the backdrop of an ancient mountain monastery, and under the cloud of Mao’s one-child policy.

The moderator for the evening will be Adam Pertman, one of our country’s leading experts on adoption. Pertman is President of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of the seminal book Adoption Nation, among many other publications. Pertman has won numerous awards for his work, and his frequent interviews in the media include appearances on Oprah and Nightline.

Samuel Shem is the pen name of Dr. Stephen Bergman, Professor of Medical Humanities at NYU Medical School, and author of the classic medical novel The House of God, which recently was named #2 on Publishers Weekly’s list of "Best Satires of All Time." He and Janet Surrey co-wrote The Buddha’s Wife and We Have to Talk, as well as the Off Broadway play Bill W and Dr. Bob.

For more information about the event, please contact Soho Playhouse at 212-691-1555 or www.sohoplayhouse.com

For further information about the book and/or to arrange an interview with Samuel Shem, please contact Ruth Weiner, 212-226-8760, [email protected].

Follow Samuel Shem on Facebook, and read about his upcoming events here.

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