HARDWICK – The Galaxy Bookshop will host a celebration of the publication of Hardwick author Brett Stanciu’s new memoir, “Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal.” Stanciu will discuss her book at the Hardwick Town House on Tuesday, September 14, beginning at 7 p.m. Books will be available to purchase at the event. Those who attend should wear a mask.
During Brett Stanciu’s time as the librarian for the Woodbury Public Library, it became apparent that a local man, known to be a drug addict, was repeatedly breaking into the library after hours. One night, after being surprised by a trustee, the man fled and committed suicide in his parents’ house. Questioning her own role in the events leading up to the man’s death, Stanciu became determined to understand addiction. Who becomes addicted? Why? Do individuals and communities have a meaningful role in healing addiction? Her search for answers led her on a journey that became very personal even as it led to a deeper understanding of the broader context of the opioid crisis that has hit all of our communities, whether we acknowledge it or not.
Brett Ann Stanciu is a writer living with her two daughters in Hardwick. She has published one novel, “Hidden View,” and writes a blog at stonysoilvermont.com. She is also a former Galaxy Bookshop bookseller. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 472-5533 or visit galaxybookshop.indielite.org for a full schedule of events.