Monday, June 26, 2017

7:30 pm

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed

Book reading and signing at:

Powells Books

1005 West Burnside


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

6-7:00 pm

A Benefit for White Bird Clinic at

The Duck Store (University of Oregon)

895 E. 13th

Eugene, Oregon

Reading and Discussion

Book Sale Proceeds to be donated to White Bird Clinic

Donations Accepted:

Adult clothing, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, travel-sized toiletries


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

7:00-8:00 pm

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed

Book reading and release party at:

Broadway Books

1714 NE Broadway


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm

Storytelling in the Exam Room

Readings from On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed

Drawing on vignettes from my book I will invite participants to explore the central role storytelling plays in the clinical encounter and what factors enhance or subvert the power of story to create a successful therapeutic alliance.

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building

2730 SW Moody


Room 3A003A [2nd Floor]

Accessible by MAX Orange Line, South Waterfront Streetcar, and multiple bus lines. Parking: If you plan to drive, leave extra time to find neighborhood metered parking. CLSB garage parking is available for $4/hour (entrance where SW Meade meets SW Moody Ave)

Sponsored by Northwest Medicine Collaborative


Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7 pm – 8 pm

Girl in the River: A Reading and Slide Show

Another Read Through

3932 N Mississippi Ave

Local author Patricia Kullberg reads from her novel, Girl in the River, a working girl’s tale of desperation, desire, and defiance. A slide show depicts the actual people and places that appear in this slice of Portland women’s history, including Portland’s most famous abortionist, Dr. Ruth Barnett and Dottie “Do-good” Lee, Portland’s first lady mayor.

Books available for purchase


Friday, January 22, 6 pm – 8 pm

NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Celebrates Roe v Wade!

Come celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade with NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
Acclaimed author and doctor, Patricia Kullberg will read from her new novel Girl in the River!

Girl in the River is a portrait of the intimate lives of women during one of the most corrupt periods in Portland history. It’s an unflinching look at the power dynamics of sex. A glimpse into the work life of a call girl. An improbable love story. The tale of post-war assaults on reproductive rights. And a tribute to two remarkable and remarkably different women who shaped the lives of Portlanders during those tumultuous times: Dr. Ruth Barnett and Mayor Dorothy Lee.

The United States Supreme Court declared on Jan. 22, 1973, a woman’s right to have an abortion under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution in Roe v. Wade. The ruling helped change the nation and improved women’s access to health care. We celebrate that this decision is still the law of the land! We fight stigma and shame around accessing abortion care. We acknowledge that Oregon is the last state without any legal restrictions to abortion care and it will only stay that way if we speak out and get engaged!

$5-10 donation at the door
Girl in the River books available for purchase w/ author signature
Wine and appetizers available by donation

All funds raised will support NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon in fighting to ensure Oregon is a leader in reproductive rights.


Friday, October 23, 2015: 7:00 P.M. ESTreading at: Bluestockings Bookstore, New York CityRuth Barnett book cover

The Persistent Past and Women’s Struggle for Reproductive Dignity

Rickie Solinger reads from her latest of many books about the struggle for reproductive rights: Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Patricia Kullberg reads from her 2015 novel, Girl in the River, a tale about the intimate lives of women during mid-twentieth century America, based on the true story of abortionist Dr. Ruth Barnett.

Q&A to follow

Books available for purchase

Rickie Solinger is an historian and curator. She has written and edited a number of books about reproductive politics, including Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe V. Wade and Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the U.S. Solinger has organized exhibitions that have traveled to 140 college and university galleries over the past eighteen years. She lives in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Solinger is currently writing a book, What is Reproductive Justice? with Loretta Ross.

Patricia Kullberg, MD, MPH, devoted her career to serving persons living with physical, mental and addiction disorders at a clinic for the homeless. She has written many award-winning articles about health and medicine. Girl in the River is her first novel. Kullberg and her husband live in Portland, Oregon, where she facilitates writing workshops for marginalized women and volunteers at the local community radio station, KBOO.with Rickie Solinger, author of The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015: 7:30 A.M. PST

online radio interview: Back Porch WriterBack Porch Writer###


Monday, September 14, 2015: 9:00 A.M. PST

live radio interview: Old Mole Variety Hour, KBOO FM

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