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‘Far from the Tree’ author event to benefit University of Michigan Depression Center

April 12 event will feature discussion, book signing with Andrew Solomon


The University of Michigan Depression Center will host Andrew Solomon, the award-winning author of Far from the Tree, for a book signing and discussion next month.

Far from the Tree, Solomon’s latest book, tells the stories of parents who not only learn to manage the often overwhelming challenges involved in raising exceptional children, but also find deep meaning in doing so. Far from the Tree explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance—all rooted in the insight that love and compassion can transcend every prejudice.

On April 12, the Depression Center will host Solomon for a special event at the Michigan League Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. for a book signing, and a discussion with the author begins at 5 p.m.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Depression Center.

Far from the Tree weaves together a richly detailed narrative about families with children affected by a range of cognitive, physical, or psychological characteristics that make them distinctly different from their parents. Solomon describes families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, and multiple severe disabilities. He also writes about parents whose children are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, and who are transgender.

Solomon serves as a member of the U-M Depression Center’s National Advisory Board and is also a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College. In 2008, he was awarded the Humanitarian Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry for his contributions to the field of mental health.

Far from the Tree won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction, and The New York Times Book Review selected it as one of its “10 Best Books of 2012.” The book has garnered widespread critical acclaim since its release in November, making the lists of Best Nonfiction Books of 2012 from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Economist, and many others. 

Books and discounted tickets can be purchased online ahead of the event at Tickets purchased at the event on April 12 will be $10 for students and $20 for adults, and books will be available for $40, space and quantities permitting. Sign language interpreters will be available at the event.

Event Information:
Date: April 12
Time: 4 p.m. book signing,5 p.m. discussion
Location: Michigan League Ballroom 

For more information about the event, visit, or call 734-763-1409.


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(Written by Lauren Hutchens)

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