The other Abraham on our minds this month is our friend, Abraham Verghese, whose magnificent novel, Cutting for Stone (Knopf, 2008), was published yesterday to rave advanced reviews. As poet Naomi Shihab Nye writes: "Prepare to be transported entirely. Cutting for Stone, by the astonishingly gifted Verghese will wrap around you from the very first page and will not let you go."

Abraham Verghese, a former Humanities Texas board member, excels brilliantly in his three simultaneous careers as physician, educator, and writer. He is presently on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Cutting for Stone is his first work of fiction, following celebrated non-fiction works The Tennis Partner and My Own Country. Read excerpts of the novel at Verghese's site and at the publisher's site.

Verghese will be reading and signing Cutting for Stone at the following locations:

Washington, D.C. on Monday, February 16 at 7:00 PM
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington D.C. 20008
Reading and signing

San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00 PM
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University Auditorium
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
Reading and signing

Austin, TX on Thursday, Februrary 19 at 7:00 PM
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
Reading and signing

Dallas, TX on Friday, February 20 at 7:00 PM
Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live
1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Reading and signing

Cutting for Stone is Abraham Verghese's first novel.