Join us for an evening with James Ciaravella, MD in celebration of his book, Charity's Children. In-person tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. In-person tickets include entrance to the event & discussion, 1 signed copy of, Charity's Children: The Long Days and Nights of the Iron Men, the opportunity to have Dr. Ciaravella personalize his book, and snack and drinks provided by Garden District Book Shop. This event will adhere to all CDC, state, and city guidelines. Masks are mandatory.
The Garden District Book Shop is pleased to announce an evening celebrating the release of New Orleans native and renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. James Ciaravella Jr.’s recent historical work, “Charity’s Children: The Long Days and Nights of the Iron Men,” on May 25 at The Rink (2727 Prytania Street)
“Charity’s Children’ is a love letter to the once great ‘Big Charity’ hospital, recounting the stories of people trained there— and those who were healed by her staff.
More personally, the book recounts the true story of Ciaravella’s journey to become a cardiovascular surgeon, from early years at Tulane medical school through his year as chief resident at Charity Hospital, which is one of the world's largest teaching hospitals. The book is set in the early days of cardiac surgery, the late 1960s through 1970s, when the technology of today was not yet available. Readers will be taken through Ciaravella’s past from his first low-level intern round-the-clock tasks and duties to his later role as teacher with life-and-death responsibilities. Initially, Ciaravella planned to only document his own Charity Hospital experiences or those that had been passed down from his Charity-trained surgeon father. However, after speaking to his colleagues, he decided to include the first-hand accounts of thirity of his contemporaries who were either chief residents when he was an intern or are now-practicing surgeons that were interns or junior residents when he was chief resident.
The book discussion and signing will be hosted on Tuesday, May 25 in the atrium at The Rink at 6:00 PM. During the event, Ciaravella will read excerpts from his work as he walks guests through his career and experiences at New Orleans’ Charity Hospital. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A segment and there will be an opportunity after for guests to have him sign and personalize copies of his book.