Readings, talks, and discussions

March 19, 2018
Medical Humanities Mondays Lecture: Straw into Gold: The Risks, Rewards, and Power of Writing Your Medical Memoir
5:00pm to 6:30pm
501 Cathedral of Learning: University of Pittsburgh, PA
(Open to members of the University of Pittsburgh Community)

March 20, 2018
Medicine Grand Rounds: The Dream of a Common Language: A Family’s View of Truth Telling in Medicine
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: MUH – 7 Main Auditorium
(Open to members of the University of Pittsburgh Community)

April 18, 2018
The Conversation project. Boulder, CO
(event time and location to be determined)

More dates to come; check back to find out when Katy Butler will visit your area.


Past Appearances

March 22, 2016
The Booksmith, San Francisco, CA. 7:15 PM

April 20, 2016
St Luke’s University Health Network, ​Dr and Mrs Max Littner Memorial Series for Bereavement, Bethlehem, PA
5:30pm VIP Reception Dinner; 7:30pm Keynote Speech, followed by Q&A and book signing.

April 21, 2016
St Luke’s University Health Network, ​Dr and Mrs Max Littner Memorial Series for Bereavement, Bethlehem, PA
4-5pm Medical School Lecture ‘The Dream of Common Language’ (Open to Public); 5-5:30pm Q&A

May 4, 2016
University Library, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
4-5pm Lecture ‘The Dream of Common Language’ (Open to Public); 5-5:30pm book signing.

May 13, 2016
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, Newport Beach, CA
9:15am Lecture ‘The Dream of Common Language’ (Open to Public); 10:15am book signing

July 10, 2014
Bookshop Santa Cruz, CA. 7:30 PM

July 17, 2014
Copperfields Bookstore, ​Sebastapol, California. 7pm

June 26, 2014
Boulder Bookstore, CO. 7:30 pm

June 25, 2014
Kings English, Salt Lake City, UT. 7 pm

June 24, 2014
Albuquerque Bookworks, NM. 7 pm

June 19, 2014
Chicago End of Life Coalition, Chicago, IL.

June 18, 2014
Wine & Cheese Reception & Reading, Winnetka, IL

June 17, 2014
Luncheon Event, Milwaukee, WI

June 12, 2014
Books Inc., Berkeley, CA. 7 pm

June 10, 2014
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. 7 pm

May 22, 2014
Multi-hospital conference, “Reducing Suffering at the End of Life”  at Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles. (not open to public)

May 19, 2014

“West” Lecture at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY. Everyone welcome. For more info: West Lecture

May 16, 2014
Grand Rounds at Jamaica Hospital, NY (not open to public)

Apr. 29, 2014
Veterans Administration, Minneapolis, MN

Apr. 8, 2014
Teleconference for The National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants

Mar. 20 – 23, 2014 - Washington D.C.
Presenter, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

Mar. 19, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
Grand Rounds, Department of Medicine, Temple University

Mar. 19, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
Grand Rounds, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Mar. 1, 2014 - Oakland, CA
Speaker on Lifecare (advance care planning) for 750 Kaiser Permanente staff

Feb. 8, 2014
12th Annual Authors Dinner at the Berkeley Public Library

Dec. 5, 2013 at 7 pm – Washington, DC
Private dinner with Compassion & Choices Board Members

Dec. 4, 2013, 7 pm
Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Dec. 3, 2013
2013 Lown Conference: From Avoidable Care to Right Care
Boston, MA

Dec 2., 2013 at 7 pm ET  – Cambridge, MA
Porter Square Books

Nov. 18, 2013 at 10 am
Milpitas Hospice Talk with Chaplains and Team Managers

Nov. 13, 2013
Metta Institute – Free Teleconference

Nov. 12, 2013
Sonoma State University Creative Writing Lecture
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park (Santa Rosa), CA

Nov. 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm
The Avid Reader, Davis, CA

Oct. 30, 2013, 4 pm to 5 pm
Geriatric and Medical Humanities Grand Rounds
UC Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

Oct. 28, 2013, 7:00 pm
Larkspur Library
400 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, California 94939

Oct. 22, 2013, 7:00 pm
Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94102

Oct. 18, 2013 at 6 pm
Litquake, San Francisco, CA
Hotel Rex – 562 Sutter St. $10 advance/$12 at door

Oct. 12, 2013
Southern Festival of Books
Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN

Oct. 3, 2013, 7:30 pm
Kepler’s Books Introduced by Rita Redberg, MD, Editor of “JAMA-Internal Medicine”
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA

Sept. 26, 2013
Reading and reception sponsored by Tricycle magazine. Introduced by Mark Epstein, author of “The Trauma of Everyday Life.” Zen Center for Contemplative Care, 119 West 23rd Street (btwn 6th & 7th Ave.), Suite 401, New York, NY. Details click here.

Sept. 25, 2013, 7 pm
Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ

Sept. 19, 2013, 7:30 pm
Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th Street, Denver, CO

Sept. 18, 2013, 7:30 pm
Powell’s City of Books
1005 West Burnside, Portland, OR

Sept. 17, 2013
Horizon House, Seattle, WA

Sept. 17, 2013, 7 pm
Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA
WaMu Room, Level 4
(Reading sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company)

Sept. 12, 2013, 7:30 pm
Berkeley Arts & Letters
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street at Arch St., Berkeley, CA

Sept. 11, 2013, 7 pm
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA

Aug. 18, 2013, 4:15 pm
Litquake Palo Alto
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA
Panel discussion with three other writers.

July 14 to 19, 2013
Instructor, memoir-writing workshop, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

March 14, 2013
Co-taught, with Seth Mnookin, the first Association of Health Care Journalists session devoted to the craft of writing: THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD: Shaping complex topics into compelling stories, annual conference Health Journalism 2013, Boston, MA

January, 2011
Guest lecturer, first-year students, Harvard Medical School.

January, 2011
Guest speaker, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Nov, 2010
Keynote Speaker, Inaugural Bioethics Grand Rounds, Ochsner Clinics, New Orleans.


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