Half King reading series : In the blood

featuring author Charles Barber and Quik-Clot co-founder Bart Gullong

Jul 18, 2023 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
skylight gallery
Half King Reading Series
Open to the public
Eventbrite RSVP required
FREE to attend

About the Series

What was once one of the most vital literary hubs in the city, The Half King Reading Series, has a new home at the Salmagundi Club. At monthly events, authors of new works will discuss their books in a warm, welcoming, and informed setting. Selections are predominantly, but not exclusively, non-fiction, current events, biography, autobiography, novels and memoir.

Books available for sale and signing from Books On Call NYC.

About the Book

Cover of "In the Blood" by Charles Barber includes a roll of gauze.

For hundreds of years, the mystery of how to stop uncontrolled hemorrhaging could not be solved.

At the end of the last century, fifty thousand Americans a year bled to death from traumatic injuries in hospitals, in traffic accidents, and as a result of gun violence. The problem of “bleeding out” was also one of the military’s top concerns on the battlefield.

Today, thanks to a clotting agent discovered by a brilliant, but obscure inventor in the early 1980s and brought to market by his visionary salesman partner twenty years later, thousands of lives have been saved in combat, and on the streets.

The remarkable and unlikely story of the clotting agent QuikClot, and the two men who persisted in bringing it into the public light, is told in a new book, In the Blood: How Two Outsiders Solved a Centuries-Old Medical Mystery and Took on the U.S. Army by Charles Barber.

Barber, a Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University and lecturer at Yale, chronicles the discovery of the clotting agent in a Connecticut basement in 1983, and the three decades filled with wild twists, turns, and seemingly unsurmountable challenges, that spawned a $500 million success story.

About the Author

Charles Barber is a Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University, a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and the author of the critically acclaimed books Songs from the Black Chair: A Memoir of Mental Interiors (Univ. of Nebraska, 2005), Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry is Medicating a Nation (Pantheon, 2008), and Citizen Outlaw: One Man’s Journey from Gangleader to Peacekeeper (Ecco, 2019). The title essay of his first book won a 2006 Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in The New York Times and the Washington Post, among dozens of publications. He has been a guest on the Today Show, the Morning Show, CNN, BBC, and NPR’s Fresh Air. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities, and lives in Connecticut with his family.


Salmagundi members are welcome to have dinner beforehand in our dining room. Dining reservations can be made via our Reservations page.

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