May is Mental Health Awareness Month. On Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m., at Manchester Community Library, Manchester Community Library, Northshire Bookstore, and United Counseling Service present Burlington, Vermont-based cartoonist Rachel Lindsay, who discusses her personal journey with bipolar illness, the treatment of mental illness, the role of art and expression in the healing process, and the often unavoidable choice between sanity and happiness.
Rachel Lindsay is the author of RX: A Graphic Memoir (2018, Grand Central Publishing), about her experience working in psychopharmaceutical advertising and subsequent hospitalization for bipolar mania. The book has received acclaim from Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Magazine, among others, including:
“With gallows humor and graphic energy that vibrates off the page, Rachel Lindsay shares the powerful story of her unraveling, and in the process, manages to knit herself back together again.”—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home, 2014 MacArthur Fellow
“Rachel Lindsay’s graphic memoir is a powerful example of how writing and drawing about something painful and unimaginably difficult-in this case, bipolar illness-can be healing, both for oneself and for those who read it. “—Roz Chast, New York Times bestselling author of Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Lindsay’s comic strip – Rachel Lives Here Now – appears weekly in Vermont’s alternative newspaper Seven Days, and has gained wide acclaim for its humorous take on Vermont-centric themes.
A powerful new voice in the mental health realm of the Graphic Medicine community, Lindsay has spoken about RX at Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, The Miami Book Fair, Mount Sinai Hospital’s Icahn School of Medicine, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and the California Institute of Integral Studies, among others. RX is also the featured book for US National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s mental health month.
Lindsay is a graduate of Columbia University, where she created the first graphic novel thesis in any undergraduate or graduate program.
The event is free and open to the public. Copies of RX will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds donated to UCS by Northshire Bookstore. For more information, contact the Library at 802-362-2607