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Talking Together about Mental Illness | In Her Voice
May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pedlar Press and Ben McNally Books invite you to a special In Her Voice event for a discussion in recognition of mental illness.
Martha Baillie (Sister Language), Ronna Bloom (The More), and Cathy Stonehouse (The Causes) draw from their books for a collective conversation about writing as mental health awareness.
Monday, May 4, 6 pm
Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St.
This is a free event, all are welcome to attend.
Books will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.
Martha Baillie‘s Sister Language is a collaboration, composed mainly of letters and other writings, between two sisters, one of whom, Christina, is schizophrenic. In the careful building of a bridge between sisters, a prose nonpareil is achieved, and a linguistic “bridge” created between readers and the authors, one of whom’s deep isolation is in this way diminished.
Ronna Bloom’s new poetry collection The More tests its music on the wards of a hospital. While circling a shadow theme of disappearance—retreating, giving out, giving up, being prone, down, waiting with death—Bloom is actually making poems that defend the opposite: tenderness as revelation, anger, strength, compassion as power, health! These poems are wide open. They do not turn away.
Cathy Stonehouse‘s The Causes is a complex and unsettling debut novel that follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Influenced by the works of Jorge Luis Borges and John Berger, The Causes explores themes of war and trauma, resilience and repair. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist, The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the South Atlantic.