9th Ave: Kathleen Watt with Claire Unis

Thursday, November 2, 2023 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset

Cover of Kathleen Watt's Rearranged. The cover is a human face made out of puzzle pieces, falling away into different components of a face and sheet music. 
Join us on Thursday, November 2 at 7pm PT when Kathleen Watt joins us for the release of her memoir, Rearranged: An Opera Singer's Facial Cancer and Life Transposed, with Claire Unis at 9th Ave!

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About Rearranged
Rearranged tells of leaving the operatic stage for a starring role opposite the Big C. Bone cancer in my cheek ended my career as an opera singer and brought me face to face with mortality, disfigurement, the meaning and uses of beauty—and a lot of left over pieces.

A small corps of medical elites convened to excoriate my diseased bones with surgical wizardry and lethal toxins, and stayed on to restore me to myself through a brutal alchemy of kindness and titanium screws.

Rearranged is a tale of letting go to hold on, of putting old pieces to new uses—and of the unlikely arrangements that make it all work out.

About Kathleen Watt
Kathleen Watt sang principal roles with Boston Lyric Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, Utah Opera Company, Opera Works New York, and as a member of the Extra Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera, before her singing career was derailed by a diagnosis of osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) in the face.  Since retiring from performing, she has written frequently on performing arts and LGBTQ issues, featuring profiles and essays, for The Arts Council, Deutsche Gramophone (liner notes), New York City Opera Season Journal, Houston Grand Opera, Central City Opera, Washington National Opera, Playbill Magazine, Stagebill Magazine, Echelon Magazine, and New York Newsday.  As a writer and cancer survivor, Kathleen has contributed editorial content to the London-based “Saving Faces” charity, and collaborated with doctors and artists on a range of projects, including an appearance in a BBC-4 special series about facial disfigurement.  Formerly an assistant art director in publishing, her rich, varied experience also includes a teaching stint in the Navajo Nation of Arizona.  Kathleen has attended the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Brigham Young University (earning a double BFA), with postgraduate studies in operatic performance from Boston University.  Kathleen writes from a windswept hay farm in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, where she resides with her partner, fifteen chickens, three dogs, and on occasion, their two grown children. Rearranged is Kathleen’s first book.  https://www.kathleenwatt.com/ 

About Claire Unis
Claire Unis MD MFA is a pediatrician and author of a memoir about drawing on diverse experiences in the process of becoming a doctor, titled Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey through Medical School. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have been published in a number of journals including Intima: A Journal of Narrative MedicineAwakenings Review, and East Iowa Review. She facilitates writing workshops, narrative medicine sessions, and discussions of literature through her moniker, LifeLines: Literary Art in Medicine. For more information, please see www.claireunis.net. You can also find her on social media, @literaryartinmedicine.

Rearranged: An Opera Singer's Facial Cancer And Life Transposed By Kathleen Watt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781956474343
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
Published: Heliotrope Books LLC - October 10th, 2023

Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey Through Medical School By Claire Unis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781957723099
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Warren Publishing, Inc - April 12th, 2022

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