Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cynthia Li, MD discusses her powerful work, Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness.

In this revelatory memoir, Doctor Cynthia Li shares the truth about her disabling autoimmune illness, the limitations of Western medicine, and her hard-won lessons on healing--mind, body, and spirit.

Li had it all: a successful career in medicine, a loving marriage, children on the horizon. But it all came crashing down when, after developing an autoimmune thyroid condition, mysterious symptoms began consuming her body. Test after test came back "within normal limits," baffling her doctors--and baffling herself. Housebound with two young children, Li began a solo odyssey from her living room couch to find a way to heal.

Brave New Medicine details the physical and existential crisis that forces a young doctor to question her own medical training. She dives into the root causes of her illness, learning to unlock her body's innate intelligence and wholeness. Li relates her story with the insight of a scientist, and the humility and candor of a patient, exploring the emotional and spiritual shifts beyond the physical body.

Millions of people worldwide are affected by autoimmune disease. While complex conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are gaining attention, patients struggling with these mysterious ailments remain largely dismissed by their doctors, families, and friends. This is the harsh reality that doctor-turned-"difficult patient" Li faced firsthand.

Drawing on cutting-edge science, ancient healing arts, and the power of intuition, this memoir offers support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. Through her story, you can find the wisdom and heart to start your own healing journey, too.

Sep 10, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Randall Munroe: How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents

Randall Munroe
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moes, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloways $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM
Co-Sponsored by Pegasus Books .

Randall Munroe discusses his new book, HOW TO: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, a book chock full of deeply researched, entertaining, and often alarming scientific thought experiments, explained through Munroe's clever infographics, amusing illustrations, and whimsical touches.

HOW TO is the worlds most entertaining and useless self-help guide, full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole to predicting the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. HOW TO is the book Munroes huge fan base has been clamoring for and showcases Munroe at his best. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible, and similar to What If?, has the potential to reinvigorate your sense of cosmic wonder (Entertainment Weekly). With HOW TO, Munroe cements his place as one of the most brilliant minds working .

Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts.

Sep 10, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley