The University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry and Bookworks are partnering to bring acclaimed author Andrew Solomon to the UNM Health Sciences Center campus. He will speak about his newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, at the Domenici Auditorium Thursday Oct. 24 beginning at 7 p.m.
Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology. Far from the Tree was winner of the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction and was named one of the top ten books of 2012 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Kikus, Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Boston Globe, Economist and Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
Far from the Tree tells the stories of families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. Solomon posits that the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the struggles toward compassion and the triumphs of love. Solomon’s own journey to accept his own identity and his decision to become a parent are interwoven.
There is a fee for tickets, which include the price of the hefty paperback. For more information visit http://www.bkwrks.com/andrew-solomon.