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Hello, my long-lost subscribers! My deepest apologies for my radio silence these past few months: I’ve been hard at work on the second book about the history of plastic surgery; as well as other various projects. But I hope to publish a new blog post very soon. In the meantime, I’d like to draw your attention to some upcoming events I’ll be doing in the US and UK in the next couple of months.

First up is the CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 28th. I’ll be at the Ryan Center in Evanston talking about the brutal and bloody world of Victorian surgery, and signing copies of my book The Butchering Art. Tickets range from $20 (general admission) to $33 if you’d like to buy a book as well. The theme of the festival is GRAPHIC, so you know I won’t disappoint on that front! I hope to see you there. Click HERE for tickets.

Next up: I’ll be in Bloomington on Tuesday, October 30th speaking at my undergraduate alma-mater, ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY.  Spend an evening with me and learn about the brutal and bloody world of Victorian surgery—a place definitely not for the squeamish. I will discuss how surgeons, working before anesthesia, were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They rarely washed their hands or their instruments, and carried with them a cadaverous smell of rotting flesh, which those in the profession cheerfully referred to as “good old hospital stink.” The event is FREE but you must register as places are limited. Click HERE. [Painting by Christopher Fisher]

And last, but not least, I’ll be speaking in London on Sunday, December 9th at HISTFEST, which is a brand new three-day history festival that will entertain, educate and feature an eclectic mix of talks, panel discussions, workshops, and live performances. Come along, learn about the history of Victorian surgery and get a signed copy of The Butchering Art. You can purchase tickets HERE.

As always, you can also find a detailed list of upcoming events on my calendar. I hope to see you out there!