Kimmery Martin, former ER doctor and author of Doctors and Friends, presents “An Insider’s Look at the Practice of Medicine: Writing a Pandemic Novel BEFORE a Pandemic” on the Main Stage. Be sure to visit Kimmery in the Signing Gallery (downstairs in Joseph-Beth Booksellers) to get a book signed after this talk!
There are two ways to tune in to this free program on Saturday, November 6: join us live at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, or return to this page to watch the livestream starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. No registration is required. Seating at Joseph-Beth is first-come, first-served.
Kimmery spent the majority of 2019 researching, outlining, and writing the first draft of Doctors and Friends. She interviewed more than forty experts in various fields of science and medicine, a process which extended into 2020. Our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 —and the response to it—was evolving on a daily basis just as Kimmery was honing the final portrayal of her nasty little fictional virus. As Kimmery noted in a letter to booksellers, “It’s hard enough during normal times to somehow whittle an infinite universe of words into a coherent and interesting story. It’s nearly impossible while getting hammered with hundreds of news stories, scientific articles, and social media outrage on the subject.” According to Kimmery, “the friendships forged during medical school are among the most intense and cherished of my life. Especially now, during a time in which medical expertise has become increasingly devalued in favor of ideology, I am thankful for the people who take care of us at considerable personal risk to themselves. In Doctors and Friends, I aim to provide you with an insider’s look at the practice of medicine—and of the relationships that arise in the medical trenches.” Thanks to our Main Stage Sponsor, the University of Kentucky!
Kimmery Martin is an emergency medicine doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, The Charlotte Observer, and the New York Times, among others.
Three doctors’ lives are transformed on the frontlines of a new pandemic in this heart-wrenching yet ultimately inspiring novel by acclaimed author Kimmery Martin. Hannah, Compton, and Kira have been close friends since medical school, reuniting once a year for a much-needed vacation. Just as they gather to travel in Spain, an outbreak of a fast-spreading virus throws the world into chaos.