Join us to hear about Brett Ann Stanciu's new book, Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal.
After a man breaks into the small library in rural Vermont where Stanciu is the town librarian, she starts asking hard questions about opioid abuse, determined to understand addiction. Who becomes addicted? Why? Do individuals and communities have a meaningful role in healing addiction?
Readers join her journey, as Stanciu meets strangers from multiple walks of life — a registered nurse who is passionate about treatment, the village police chief who underscores the effects of crime on communities, and Vermont’s compassionate and tough US Attorney. As she’s drawn into the complexities of opioid addiction through these stories, Stanciu acknowledges her own stigma against people who suffer from addiction, despite her own struggles with addiction.
Librarian Brett Ann Stanciu is a graduate of Marlboro College and recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. Her 2015 novel, Hidden View, portrays the challenges of a hardscrabble family farm. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her family.
Stanciu will be joined by poet Kerrin McCadden. Kerrin McCadden is the author of American Wake, currently a finalist for the New England Book Award, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize and the Vermont Book Award, and the chapbook Keep This to Yourself, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, she teaches at The Center for Technology, Essex and lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
What if society looked at addiction without judgement?
Unstitched shares the powerful story of one librarian’s quest to understand the impact of addiction fed by stigma and inevitable secrecy.
"The poems, plainspoken distillations of origins and loss, explore histories, teasing at what we know without knowing, and know without remembering we know. A book of quiet, watchful radiance."--The Boston Globe"Must-read poetry."--The Millions