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Author Andrew Solomon opens University Forum Series

BOONE—Award-winning author Andrew Solomon opens the University Forum Series Oct. 10 at Appalachian State University. His 7 p.m. talk in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is free and open to the public. The Schaefer Center, formerly Farthing Auditorium, is located on Rivers Street.

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Solomon’s talk is titled “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity,” which is also the title of his latest work. In his book, “Solomon explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these challenges can broaden one’s capacity for love,” according to information on his website.

“Far From the Tree” received the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and The New York Times named it one of its “Ten Best Books of 2012.”

In 2001, Solomon received the National Book Award for “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a world-wide bestseller published in more than 20 languages.

Solomon graduated from the Horace Mann School in New York City and from Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Jesus College in Cambridge. A regular contributor to NPR, The New York Times and many other publications, Solomon is an outspoken activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He is founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and serves on the board of directors for many national organizations.

The University Forum Series is sponsored by University College and the University Forum Committee with additional support from the Joan Askew Vail Endowment. The series will co-sponsor with the Office of Multicultural Student Development a talk in January 2014 by broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien as part of the campus’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.

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