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News Release - Author Susan Blauner to Speak at Central Library; “Ordinary People” to Follow

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

News Release

(Monday, Oct. 25, 2010) – Author Susan Rose Blauner will be speaking at The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County on Wednesday, Nov. 3. at Noon. The discussion and book signing will take place in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Bausch and Lomb Public Library Building located at 115 South Ave.

Susan Blauner, author of How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention, will share her experiences. Susan has been diagnosed with PSTD, borderline personality disorder and depression, her history includes multiple suicide attempts and hospitalizations, chronic bullying, sexual abuse, and the death of her mother when she was 14. Susan will be available to sign her books after the presentation. Books may be purchased in the Library Store.

At 2 p.m. the movie, “Ordinary People” will be shown. This 4-time Academy winner starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton, deals with some of the same issues that Susan Rose Blauner has dealt with in her life.

This program is presented in conjunction with the Reel Mind Film series, addressing the social stigma of mental illness, providing a message of hope that recovery is possible. It is cosponsored with the Friends of the Rochester Public Library.

The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is handicapped accessible. Accommodations may be provided for disabled program participants and must be made at least 10 business days before the program. For further information or to make a request please contact Deborah Nevin, Program Coordinator, at 428-8307.

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Media Contact: For more information, please contact Deborah Nevin, Programming Coordinator at 428-8307 


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