UPcoming Northfield Reads, 2016

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     Northfield Reads brings the community together for conversations to promote an understanding and appreciation of the diversity among us.  For the past three years, the Northfield Reads Committee has focused on a specific group of our population.  In 2014, the group focused on veterans.  In 2015 we focused on immigrants.  In 2016 we focused on people living in poverty.  In 2017 we will focus on mental illness.

     For this discussion, we have selected the book Unholy Ghost; Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey.  Copies of the book will be available at the Northfield Public Library and on sale at Content Books.  The book is paperback.  Each essay in the book can be read alone.  The expectation would be that the community would read part or all of the book, and the essays would be a jumping off point for discussion.

     Most people have either experienced mental illness or have had a family member or friend experience mental illness.  Our goals are to increase awareness of mental illness, highlight resources available, and destigmatize mental illness.  Several events are being planned for late winter, early spring.  Mental health professionals and others will talk about a variety of topics.  If you are interested in being involved in planning or in the programs, please contact Corinne Smith, f.corinne.smith@gmail.com

     We encourage book groups, neighborhood groups, church groups, and youth groups to read this book together and begin conversations about the issues raised, and then join the larger community in several events and discussions on the book and the topic.

     Northfield Reads is a project of the Northfield Human Rights Commission, and is also sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Carleton College, League of Women Votes, Content Books, and Thrivent Financial.