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Postponed: Author Mark Vonnegut to Give Talk at Bard College: “The Myth of Mental Wellness”

We regret that Mark Vonnegut's lecture has been postponed. We will provide an update when the event has been rescheduled.

Eleanor Davis

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Mark Vonnegut, the son of literary legend Kurt Vonnegut, will give a talk entitled “The Myth of Mental Wellness” on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m., in Bard College’s Olin Auditorium. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. For more information call 206-351-0777, or send an e-mail to

Vonnegut will read from his book Just Like Someone without Mental Illness Only More So, which Publishers Weekly called “mordantly witty, slightly subversive.” He shares his story in a searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with bipolar disorder, finding his calling and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enough. His talk will include thoughts about growing up with his famous father and living fully with a mental illness. 

Vonnegut, the only son of the late Kurt Vonnegut and Jane Cox Vonnegut, is the author of The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity, an ALA Notable Book. A full-time practicing pediatrician, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son.

This event is sponsored by Wellness, Health and Counseling, Active Minds, and Student Activities.

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March 19, 2014

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This event was last updated on 04-10-2014