Stories That Heal

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Reading. Sharing. Connecting.  In March, Stories That Heal returns for a fourth season featuring three local writers who are all sharing very different experiences. NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is hosting Stories That Heal in collaboration with White Whale Bookstore.

Events will take place at White Whale Bookstore located at 4754 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15224.

ABOUT Stories That Heal

Stories That Heal is a free monthly event featuring local authors who have written books about their experience–or a loved one’s experience–with mental illness. Throughout the course of the hour, authors read excerpts from their book, share details about their life, and take questions from the audience.

Adi Bracken

Thursday, March 12

Adi Bracken

Various Works


Jacqueline Rech

Tuesday, April 14

Jacqueline Rech

Inside Out







Stories That Heal is a free event, but registration is appreciated.


If you would like to be put on our mailing list to receive updates on the Stories That Heal author series, email Joel Richard at

“Reading articles about mental illness is one thing, hearing such powerful first hand stories by such talented writers allows a much more human way to connect and build understanding and support.”

--Susan N.

Thursday, March 12
Adi Bracken — Various Works

Adi Bracken is a writer, teacher, and mental health advocate. She founded and managed Quiet Storm Literary Magazine, a site dedicated to publishing creative work about mental illness, from 2018 to 2019. Her writing has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, Every Day Fiction, and other literary venues. Adi currently serves as the Teen Specialist at her public library and teaches at the Community College of Allegheny County. You can also find her cooking, traveling, and petting every dog she meets.

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Tuesday, April 14
Jacqueline Rech, MS LPC — Inside Out: Therapists’ Confessions of Courage, Strength, and Hope

Jacqueline Rech is a licensed professional counselor and work-from-home-mother from Pittsburgh, PA. She is passionate about the stories we keep, and feels strongly that there is healing in their telling. When she isn’t working on a writing project, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, snowboarding, and leisurely strolls with ice cream in hand. She is also the principal author on From the Inside Out: Therapists’ Confessions of Courage, Strength, and Hope. You can find her website at

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TBS, May
To Be Announced

We will update this space with information as it becomes available.

ABOUT White Whale Bookstore

White Whale is an independent bookstore in Pittsburgh. White Whale Bookstore aims to be a community hub—a place for engagement, conversation, and sharing ideas. They host author readings, poetry nights, writing workshops, book clubs, children’s story hour, school visits, and more within their space. Above all, they are passionate about books and Pittsburgh’s thriving literary community.

Prior Authors

Season Three

June 2019:  Kristie Knights (Unsung Heroes: Deconstructing Suicide Through Stories of Triumph)

May 2019:  Corrine Jasmin (Tread)

April 2019:  Kristine Irwin (Voice of Hope)

Season Two

November 2018: Writers Night featuring Tova Feinman, Cheryl Lynn, Susan Novak, K. Rose Quayle, and Fred Terling

September 2018:  Linda K. Schmitmeyer with Steve Schmitmeyer (Rambler: A Family Pushes Through the Fog of Mental Illness)

Season One

July 2018: Abeer Hoque (Olive Witch: A Memoir)

June 2018: Lindsey Smith (Eat Your Feelings)

May 2018: K. Rose Quayle (Look Left, Walk Green)

April 2018: Jordan Corcoran (Listen, Lucy; Write It Out)