Two Rivers Reading series presents reading and discussion with author Marya Hornbacher, Oct. 2

As part of the Two Rivers Reading series, author Marya Hornbacher will read from and discuss her memoir, “Madness: A Bipolar Life,” at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus, 1-1:50 p.m. and 2-2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Legacy Room.

Author Marya Hornbacher will read from and discuss her memoir, “Madness: A Bipolar Life,” at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids campus Oct. 2.

Author Marya Hornbacher will read from and discuss her memoir, “Madness: A Bipolar Life,” at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids campus Oct. 2.Submitted photo

The event is free and open to the public and is supported by the college English division, faculty development and counseling department.

“Madness: A Bipolar Life” is an account of Hornbacher’s life-long struggle with bipolar disorder, beginning at age four.

A USA Today critic wrote that the book, “Hooks readers from the start. . . [As Hornbacher] whips around this rollercoaster ride, her unflinching style keeps us firmly seated beside her.”

The memoir spent time on the New York Times Bestseller List and has been called “an intense, beautifully written” book about the difficulties and promise of living with mental illness.

Hornbacher is the author of several other books, including “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia” and the novel, “The Center of Winter.”

Hornbacher has won numerous awards for her books and journalism and was also a nominee for Pulitzer and Pushcart prizes.

In conjunction with Hornbacher’s reading, Anoka-Ramsey Counseling Services will host a mental wellness fair with free depression screening for students, employees and the general public from noon-3:30 p.m. in the Legacy Room. Representatives from area mental health agencies will also be available to discuss their services.

The Two Rivers Reading series provides students, faculty, staff and the public access to award-winning authors, poets and playwrights each semester.

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