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REARRANGED: An Opera Singer’s Facial Cancer & Life Transposed

March 29 @ 6:00 pm


ATTENTION: healthcare professionals, narrative medicine practitioners, writers, performing and fine artists

Join us on March 29th at 6:00 pm for a reading, discussion, Q&A, and book signing at KANEKO, in partnership with The Bookworm.

Kathleen Watt will discuss her memoir, Rearranged: An Opera Singer’s Facial Cancer & Life Transposed, joined in conversation by Professor Mark Gilbert, Ph.D., UNO Associate Professor of Art, Art History, and Medical Humanities.

Books may be pre-paid & reserved here at the time of registration.

In lyrical prose, with musical allusions, clinical references, and a bit of comic relief, Rearranged follows Kathleen Watt’s plunge from the operatic stage into the netherworld of hospital life, through the devastation of an osteogenic sarcoma tumor in her midface, and out the other side. Kathleen was a soprano singing with the New York Metropolitan Opera chorus, when a rare and vicious bone cancer blew her career to smithereens, along with her face. Rescued by lethal toxins, titanium screws, and infinite kindness, the life she resumed was catastrophically transposed. Rearranged describes letting go to hold on; putting old pieces to new uses; and the unlikely arrangements that make everything work out. This heart-wrenching medical odyssey becomes a joyous personal journey of transformation.


March 29
6:00 pm
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The Bookworm
(402) 392-2877
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1111 Jones St
Omaha, NE 68102 United States
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(402) 341-3800
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