Daniel Asa Rose Brings Humor to a Serious Subject

Daniel Asa Rose is an award-winning memoirist, novelist, travel essayist, and editor. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Brown University where he directed the theater troupe and was awarded an honorary Phi Beta Kappa. He left the stage when he submitted his first short story to The New Yorkerwhen he was 27. His first collection of stories, Small Family with Rooster, won an O. Henry Prize and two Pen Fiction Awards. His first novel, Flipping For It, was a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback.

His journalism has been translated into 11 languages, not including the erotic women’s memoirs he ghostwrites on the side or the eulogy for his ex-father-in-law that won the SPOW Award (best obituary from The Society of Professional Obituary Writers). Formerly writer-in-residence at WestConn’s MFA program in writing and editor of the international literary magazine “The Reading Room,” he has served as reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, essayist for The New York Times Magazine, interviewer for The Washington Post Book World, arts & culture editor of the Forward newspaper, travel columnist for Esquire magazine, humor writer for GQ, and food critic for the past 20 pounds.

Five years ago Daniel traveled to China to procure an illegal kidney for his dying cousin, an experience he wrote about in his latest book, Larry’s Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China With my Black-Sheep Cousin and his Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant … and Save His Life, which garnered rave reviews around the country for using humor to tackle a dead serious subject. It was named one of the “Top Books of the Year” by Publisher’s Weekly, and Daniel became something of a spokesman for the cause of liberalizing organ transplant laws, appearing on NPR, CNN, and the New York Times Op-Ed Page. The movie version of LARRY’S KIDNEY, directed by Richard Linklater, is slated to begin filming in the spring of 2015 with Zach Galifianakis playing Larry and Will Ferrell playing Daniel.

Daniel will be a keynote speaker at the 8th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress. He will speak about his experience with Larry’s Kidney on Tuesday September 29, at 8 o’clock. For more information, visit: http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com/speakers/daniel-asa-rose/

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