Mercies in Disguise (Coming in March, 2017)
A Story of Hope, A Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them
Gina Kolata demystifies the science of personal health. Author of the upcoming Mercies in Disguise (2017), Kolata’s acclaimed books and front page New York Times stories—on stem cell research, new cancer treatments, exercise, advances in cloning—have influenced public policy and upended conventional wisdom. In keynotes, she relates it all to the bigger picture: what it means for you, and for your future.
“Mercies in Disguise reads like a medical thriller; I simply couldn't stop once I began.”— Dr. Abraham Verghese, author of the bestselling Cutting for Stone
Gina Kolata has appeared on Charlie Rose, traded jokes with Stephen Colbert, and lectured at Yale to boot. She is a reporter at The New York Times, and her work for the paper has led her to the Pulitzer twice—for investigative reporting and for explanatory journalism. She is the author of the new book Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, A Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them (2017), which A Beautiful Mind author Sylvia Nasar calls “an extraordinary medical mystery, scientific history and, above all, human drama.”
Previously, Kolata authored several acclaimed and bestselling books, including Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss—and the Myths and Realities of Dieting, Clone: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead, Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for the Truth About Exercise and Health, and Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It.
She has received many awards and honors, including from the American Association of Health Care Journalists, the University of Maryland, which gave her a Distinguished Alumnus award, and from Bowdoin College, which awarded her an honorary doctoral degree. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Susan G. Komen Foundation’s media award for reporting on women’s issues and breast cancer. Kolata studied molecular biology on the graduate level at M.I.T. and has a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland.
In her keynotes, Gina Kolata is available to discuss a variety of topics, from obesity to pandemics to hospital wait times to environmental health risks to the latest in disease prevention. She can speak, at length, with deep knowledge, and with unguarded candidness, on any of her books.