I Will Be Speaking At Book Passage Corte Madera Sunday Feb. 26th At 1PM

the-girl-behind-the-door-9781501128349_hrI’ve been invited back to Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, to speak about my book, The Girl Behind The Door, which has been released by Scribner in paperback. It chronicles my search for answers to my daughter Casey’s suicide. Casey was a Redwood High School senior who leapt from the Golden Gate Bridge on January 29, 2008. My search led back to her infancy in a Polish orphanage, a trauma which we learned too late was likely at the root of her demise. Casey’s story has touched a great many readers, with two literary awards and over 100 extremely satisfied Amazon customers. Recently The Girl Behind The Door was published in Germany and Poland.

Please join us Sunday for what should be a moving and thought provoking event!

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The Heartbreaking Story Of Amanda Todd

This isn’t an adoption story per se but I connect with any and every sorrowful story involving teenagers, and there are so many such stories. Recently I got an email from Carol Todd, Amanda’s mother, as she was reading my book, just to say how much she identified with Casey’s story.

Amanda was in high school in British Columbia when she found herself the subject of a bullying campaign, the result of an innocent mistake that anyone could’ve made at her age; it had gone viral over the Internet. She was ultimately driven to take her precious young life in 2012 at the age of 16.

Before she died she posted a Youtube video of her story told in her own words, but there is no sound. Silence is powerful. It’s gotten nearly 20 million views.

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We Are Now Published In German by Beltz

A different book jacket and title that translates roughly into “The Car Is Parked At The Bridge. I Am Sorry. A Father’s Search For Answers To His Daughter’s Suicide.”

With over 80 million people, Germany is the largest country in Europe.

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My Upcoming Events For The Week of June 6th

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Thursday June 9th from 7-8PM. I will be speaking at Friends For Survival, a bereavement group for suicide survivors, at North Highlands Community Center, 6040 Watt Ave, No Highlands, CA. just off I-80 just north of Sacramento.

 

 
Copperfields-Web-logo-AnniversarySaturday June 11th from 7PM-8PM I’ll be speaking at Copperfield’s Books new store at 999 Grant Avenue in Novato.

 

PLEASE JOIN US, ESPECIALLY OUR SACRAMENTO FRIENDS!!

My Upcoming Events For The Weeks Of May 16th and May 23rd

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forumHeaderTuesday May 17th from 10-11AM PST. I will be a guest panelist on KQED’s Forum Program/88.5 FM hosted by Michael Krasny.

 
books-inc-arc-2-blueWednesday May 18th from 7PM-8PM I’ll be speaking at Books Inc in Alameda located at 1344 Park Street.

Monday May 23rd from 7PM-8PM I’ll be speaking at Books Inc. in Palo Alto located at the Town & Country Village in Palo Alto.

PLEASE JOIN US!!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE MEDIA AND SPEAKING EVENTS!

Re-Post of “Adoptee Voices – Why Do We Search”

Pamela Karanova posted this very good piece on her blog, Adoptee In Recovery, where she features adoptees’ experience searching for their birth families. My teenage daughter Casey never showed any interest in her family from Poland, something I heard from other adopted teens. But as they got older, I learned that they were desperate to know, almost without exception.