Author David Farris will stop on the North Coast and the Long Beach (Wash.) Peninsula this weekend to promote his book "Lie Still."

Farris will be in Astoria Friday, Oct. 31 to do an interview with KMUN. At noon Saturday, Nov. 1 he will present his book at Sandpiper Books in Long Beach, Wash., and again at 4 p.m. at The Tenth Muse in Seaside.

Farris is a pediatric anesthesiologist who spent more than 20 years practicing emergency medicine, pediatric critical care and high acuity surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, then worked for several years in small town emergency rooms. He now lives in Portland with his wife and two sons and devotes his practice primarily to infant and children's heart surgery.

"Lie Still" provides a window into the frantic world of young medical residents and a dramatic look into issues of life and death.

The plot is set in a sleepy, small-town Arizona ER, where an emotionally disturbed 13-year-old lies in a coma after suffering an inexplicable cardiac arrest. For surgery resident Malcolm Ishmail, the dimensions of the crisis are staggering - one minute, his patient is cracking jokes, and the next, he is close to death.

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