I am honoured to have been invited (back in March) to speak at my first in-person event in over 2 years at the Richmond Hill United Church this coming Saturday, September 10th which also happens to be “World Suicide Prevention Day”.
There will be events and activities taking place throughout the day including thousands of used books for sale, a garden cafe for refreshments, artisans, story time and crafts for kids, music, author readings and other keynote speakers.
I am scheduled to speak from 11:30 to noon where I will discuss the importance of talking about mental illness with loved ones with openness and honestly, including our children. I will also focus on my inspiration and passion for writing “Where Did Mommy’s Smile Go?”; my labour of love. It’s my own personal journey but one that affects millions of families around the world each and every day.
And although I am still feeling as though I am barely holding on right now, it’s in these moments where I feel most purposeful which is why I am really looking forward to sharing my children’s book with others live and in-person and to be given the opportunity to have a Q and A afterwards. I am also looking forward to starting some important and much needed conversations, interacting with other authors and artisans and hopefully sell some books too!
I wanted to post this today as today is “National Read A Book Day”. We are living in a world that is so consumed by technology that I thought a great way to honour “National Read A Book Day”, “National Self-Care Awareness Month” and the start of a new school year for many young people is by turning the page to a new chapter.
What book(s) are you reading now?
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