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New York Times bestselling author Marya Hornbacher to speak Oct. 28

BOONE—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) High Country and the Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center present an evening with New York Times bestselling author Marya Hornbacher on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Auditorium on the Appalachian campus. Admission is free.

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In addition to sharing some of her own experiences with bipolar disorder, the author will speak on hope and recovery in the lives of people touched by mental illness. The U.S. Surgeon General estimates that one in five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year.

Hornbacher’s first book was published when she was 23 years old. “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia” went on to be translated into 16 languages and became required reading in universities around the world. Hornbacher followed this success with a novel in 2005, and then with the critically-acclaimed bestseller “Madness: A Bipolar Life.”

All five of Hornbacher’s books will be available for purchase from the University Bookstore at the event. Her novel, “The Center of Winter,” tells the story of a family devastated by suicide. Her two most recent books, “Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the Twelve Steps” and “Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power,” are aimed at those working through recovery.

A journalist and a poet as well, Hornbacher pulls no punches in recounting her journey through mental illness. Her descriptions of exuberant manias, blind rages and depression can be difficult to read, but will ring true to those who have experienced or witnessed bipolar disorder unchecked. She is equally stark in portraying the ravages of an eating disorder that began when she was only 9, and the substance addiction she battled as an adult.

A member of the Creative Writing Faculty at Northwestern University, Hornbacher is the recipient of many awards, including the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for music journalism.

Appalachian’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center offers free counseling services and referrals to all currently enrolled students, including services specific to eating disorders. It is located in the Miles Annas Student Services building on campus. Walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday, 1 – 4 p.m. and Friday 1– 3 p.m. For more information, visit

NAMI High Country welcomes all those whose lives have been touched by mental illness, offering support, education and advocacy. Meetings are held first Mondays of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on NAMI High Country, visit or Facebook: Nami High Country.


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