Rachel Aviv on Strangers to Ourselves, with Alice Gregory
Rachel Aviv will be reading from and discussing her new book, Strangers to Ourselves. After the reading she will be answering questions with journalist Alice Gregory, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase from Books Are Magic.
Rachel Aviv’s Strangers to Ourselves raises fundamental questions about how we understand ourselves in periods of crisis and distress. Drawing on deep, original reporting as well as unpublished journals and memoirs, Aviv writes about people who have come up against the limits of psychiatric explanations for who they are. Aviv asks how the stories we tell about mental disorders shape their course in our lives. Challenging the way we understand and talk about illness, her account is a testament to the porousness and resilience of the mind.
Rachel Aviv joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2013. Her writing on mental health was awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship, an Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and an American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2010, she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.
Alice Gregory is a journalist and critic for publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and n+1
Registration is required. For more information, call (718) 623-7100.
This program is in partnership with BPL Presents.