Acclaimed author, activist and philanthropist Andrew Solomon will speak Wednesday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming College of Education auditorium. His presentation is free and open to the public; he will sign books following his talk.
Solomon’s presentation, part of the UW Libraries Development Board’s annual author event, is funded by the McMurry-Spieles Endowment for Library Excellence. Members of the development board will host a dinner with Solomon at 6 p.m. To make a reservation, call (307) 766-3279 by Wednesday, April 15.
Those attending the afternoon talk are encouraged to arrive early to allow time for parking and seating. UW Transit and Parking Services will provide complimentary parking on campus starting at 1 p.m. in select areas, and free shuttle service will be available the afternoon of the talk. For information about campus parking and shuttle services, visit www.uwyo.edu/tap.
Solomon examines the subjects of politics, culture and psychology in his books and essays. His latest work, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity,” explores the lives of families that accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how such challenges can broaden one’s capacity for love. He spent 10 years researching the book, interviewing more than 300 families and generating more than 40,000 pages of notes.
The New York Times chose “Far From the Tree” as one of its 10 Best Books of 2012, praising it as “a book everyone should read … there’s no one who wouldn’t be a more imaginative and understanding parent — or human being — for having done so … a wise and beautiful book.” Solomon won several awards for the book, including the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and Yale University’s Research Advocacy Award.
In 2001, Solomon won the National Book Award for nonfiction for “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.” A New York Times bestseller, the book also has been a bestseller in seven foreign countries, and it has been published in more than 20 languages. Solomon’s novel, “A Stone Boat,” was a national bestseller and a runner-up for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction prize.
Solomon is an activist and philanthropist for many causes in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He founded the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University. He also serves on the board of directors for many national organizations.
A lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, he also has lectured on an extensive range of topics at Harvard, Yale and MIT.
Solomon graduated with honors from the Horace Mann School in New York City and from Yale. He earned a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in psychology, both from Jesus College, Cambridge. While there, he received the top first-class degree in English — the only foreign student ever to be so honored. He lives with his husband and young son in New York and London.
For more information about Solomon’s presentation, call UW Libraries at (307) 766-3279 or visit www.tinyurl.com/AndrewSolomonUW.