Literary Lunch Break: Lisa Wong

The Boston Literary District hates to see you eating alone at your desk. That’s why we’re putting on Literary Lunch Break! Come hear eight of Boston’s best authors speak, sign, and shmooze about their latest books right under South Station’s Destination Board. The roster includes three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Kurkjian, veteran journalist Dick Lehr, Omni Parker House historian Susan Wilson, and pediatrician and musician Lisa Wong. 

Lisa Wong 
Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine 

Pediatrician Lisa Wong incorporates music into the daily care of her patients because, as she puts it, “access to the arts is critical to the development of the whole child.” Her self-professed life goal, in fact, is “to promote the re-integration of the creative arts into all aspects of medicine.” She lays it all out in Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine, commenting that there may come a day when doctors write prescriptions for Bach or Haydn “the way we now write for amoxicillin or Ambien.” She’ll play viola as part of a string trio while she discusses her book, in which she describes phenomena like stroke victims who regain their lost ability to speak by singing.

Coming Up: 

Dick Lehr 
Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited the Civil War 
May 29 

Stephen Kurkjian 
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist 
June 5 

Michael Blanding 
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps 
June 12 

Susan Wilson 
Omni Parker House: "Heaven, By Hotel Standards" 
June 19