When Breath Becomes Air:

A Conversation with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi


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Dr. Lucy Kalanithi will speak at the Burlingame Public Library on Sunday, September 15th. She is the widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air. She will discuss the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, for which she wrote the epilogue, and its themes of loss, hope, coping, navigating the health care system and the power of literature. Lucy will be in conversation with novelist and book critic Susanne Pari.
Tickets will only be available online at BurlingameLibraryFoundation.org. A limited number of VIP tickets at $95 will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 19, and general admission tickets at $35 will be offered at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 26. VIP tickets include admission to a private reception with Lucy Kalanithi and Susanne Pari at 5 p.m. and early access to seating. General admission tickets are for her presentation at 6 p.m.

This is the second event in the 2019-2020 Speaker Series offered by the Burlingame Library Foundation, which supports free programs for all ages, new technology and other enhancements to Burlingame’s two libraries.


Dr. Lucy Kalanithi is an internist on the faculty of the Stanford School of Medicine and an advocate for culture change around end-of-life care and healthcare value. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and the University of California-San Francisco's Internal Medicine Residency, Lucy is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has implemented novel delivery models of care across primary care, hospitals and health systems, including as a postdoctoral fellow in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford's Clinical Excellence Research Center. She serves on leadership boards for TEDMED, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care and the American College of Physicians. Lucy's media appearances include NPR, PBS Newshour, Yahoo News with Katie Couric, Elle, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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Susanne Pari is the author of The Fortune Catcher. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, NPR and Medium.

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