Love and Heartbreak: Mental Illness Memoirs

Thu. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition


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Charita Cole Brown (Defying the Verdict) and Zack McDermott (Gorilla and the Bird) discuss their own experiences with mental health and illness, sharing hope for ending the stigma of mental illness. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

Defying the Verdict is a wonderful book: deeply human, full of life’s joys and suffering. Charita Brown describes her bipolar illness in telling detail; her writing is powerful and eloquent.”—Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

“Charita Cole Brown writes with grace, vulnerability, and a fearless urgency about being a black woman with bipolar disorder. Her story is remarkable, full of insight and inspiration.”—Nana-Ama Danquah, author of Willow Weep For Me

“A poignant memoir… [McDermott’s] book asks us to de-stigmatize mental illness by familiarizing us intimately with the issue.”―Los Angeles Review of Books

“Gorilla and the Bird will make you laugh, cry, and wonder what would happen if we were all brave enough to tell the stories of our relationships with love and madness. I needed this book.”―Kiese Laymon, author of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America