Daniel Bergner •

Thu, Jun 2 – 7:00 pm est

Daniel Bergner

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of five books of nonfiction—Sing for Your LifeWhat Do Women Want?The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo—as well as a novel, Moments of Favor.  Sing for Your Life was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year.

In addition to the New York Times Magazine, Daniel’s writing has appeared in the AtlanticGrantaHarper’sMother JonesTalk, and the New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. His writing is included in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction.

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Virtual reservations are available through the National Writers Series website, while in-person tickets can be reserved here through the City Opera House.

When Daniel Bergner’s younger brother was diagnosed as bipolar and put in a locked ward in the 1980s, psychiatry seemed to have achieved what was promised years ago: a revolution of chemical solutions to treat mental illness. Yet as Bergner’s brother was deemed a dire risk for suicide and he and his family were told his disorder would be lifelong, he found himself taking heavy doses of medications with devastating side effects.

Now, in recounting his brother’s journey alongside the gripping, illuminating stories of Caroline, who is beset by the hallucinations of psychosis, and David, who is overtaken by depression, Bergner examines the evolution of how we treat our psyches. He reveals how the pharmaceutical industry has perpetuated our biological view of the mind and our drug-based assumptions about treatment—despite the shocking price paid by many patients and the problematic evidence of drug efficacy. And he takes us into the pioneering labs of today’s preeminent neuroscientists, sharing their remarkably candid reflections and fascinating new theories of treatment.

The Mind and the Moon raises profound questions about how we understand ourselves and the essential human divide between our brains and our minds. This is a book of thought-provoking reframings, delving into the science—and spirit—of our psyches. It is about vulnerability and personal dignity, the terrifying choices confronted by families and patients, and the prospect of alternatives. In The Mind and the Moon, Daniel Bergner beautifully explores how to seek a deeper engagement with ourselves and one another—and how to find a better path toward caring for our minds.

Guest Host | Rick Coates

Rick Coates has written for numerous publications on a variety of topics. For the past 16 years, Rick has served as the co-host and producer on The Omelette Show, mornings on WKLT The Rock Station. They have interviewed numerous NWS authors on their show.

He also is the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Grand Traverse serving Northwest Michigan. NAMI provides hope, support, education, and advocacy to individuals living with mental health conditions and their families and friends to increase understanding, reduce stigma and promote a community in which the opportunity for recovery is maximized.

Rick went public last summer with his 50-year battle with mental illness. Along with his board of directors and several other organizations in the region, they are helping to end the public stigma of mental illness. 

Local Bookstores

Bay Books – Suttons Bay

Brilliant Books – Traverse City

Cottage Book Shop – Glen Arbor

Horizon Books – Traverse City

McLean & Eakin – Petoskey

Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord

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This activity is supported in part by the MICHIGAN ARTS & CULTURE COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

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