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Janet Buttenwieser: GUTS | Book Launch

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fireside Room

At age 24, Janet Buttenwieser—writer and Hugo House instructor—moved to Seattle with a resume devoted to public service and fantasies of single-handedly ending poverty. But within a year, she’d developed an intestinal illness so rare, she wound up in a medical journal. GUTS (Vine Leaves Press) is the story of navigating misdiagnoses, multiple surgeries, and life with a permanent colostomy.

With themes that echo Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire and Gail Caldwell’s Let’s Take the Long Way HomeGUTS is a story of resilience for the millions of Americans who manage to thrive while living with a chronic condition, as well as the many who’ve lost a loved one at a young age.

Janet will read selections from the memoir, followed by an onstage Q&A with Elizabeth Austen. Hugo instructor and writer Stephanie Barbé Hammer will emcee and books will be for sale from Elliott Bay Book Company.

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