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Stories That Heal — Linda K. Schmitmeyer, “Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness”

Date: Wednesday, September 26th
Time: 6:00-7:00PM
Address: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh East Liberty
130 S. Whitfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is excited to bring back Stories That Heal this fall! Stories That Heal is a free author series featuring local authors whose lives have been impacted by mental illness. During the event, authors will read an excerpt from their book and be interviewed about their lived experience, followed by an audience Q&A. Attendance is free, but please let us know you’ll be attending at https://bit.ly/2p6fi9s ! Our September event will feature Linda K. Schmitmeyer, author of Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness, with special guest, Linda’s husband Steve Schmitmeyer.

–About the Guest Author–
Linda K. Schmitmeyer’s professional life has taken her from the classroom to the newsroom to a PR office. Semi-retired now, she continues to work as a freelance writer and editor and adjunct university instructor. The career constant–the thread running through it all–is her love for writing. Linda has worked as a writing teacher, beat reporter, features editor, newspaper columnist, essayist, and blogger. She’s written on subjects ranging from the inauguration of a university president to the impact artificial intelligence has on our lives. Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness is her first full-length book. Linda blogs about her experience of raising a family while she and her husband worked through the trials of his mental health diagnosis. Her blog can be found at www.lindaschmitmeyer.com and her Twitter handle is @LKSchm.

–About the Special Guest–
Steve Schmitmeyer began his career as a civilian engineer for the US Air Force. Prior to being diagnosed with a mental illness, he worked for an international engineering society where he developed standards for the aerospace industry. Steve is an avid car enthusiast and collects antique boat motors and garden tractors. He continues to work part time as a metal coater. Steve and Linda live near Mars, Pa. They have three adult children.

–Accessibility Information:–
The Carnegie Library of East Liberty is fully ADA compliant, having accessible parking, an accessible entrance, bathroom,, etc. The front entrance on South Whitfield St. is ramped, and has automatic doors. Access from the parking lot on Tamelo Way is through the doors adjacent to the outside book drops, and then via elevator to the main and other floors. If you need further information or assistance from the library, you can call them at 412-363-8232.

ASL interpretation will be provided by Sign Language Interpreting Professionals (SLIP). We can save seats in the front row for those who will need the interpreter or need to be close for lip reading if we know in advance. Large signs will be near the entrances. If you need to request a space in the front row or any other accommodations, please contact Nicole Campbell at ncampbell@namikeystonepa.org.

Parking information: Behind the library (the side of the building Tamelo Way), there are two lots with pay stations, one on Tamelo Way and the second is on South Beatty St.

Bus Line Information:  71A, 71B, 71C, 74, 75, 77, 82, 86, 87, 88, 89 all stop here