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Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Dirk Wittenborn

Wittenborn's Pharmakon begins: "I was born because a man came to kill my father." It's a novel about a doctor in the burgeoning field of mood-altering pharmaceuticals. You'll want to read it because it recalls the best of John Irving, but you'll want to go to the reading to hear Wittenborn tell Pharmakon's secret story: The book is semiautobiographical. Wittenborn's father was an innovator in the field that would eventually create Prozac, and he was marked for death by a crazy student. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7:30 pm, free.)


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