Author Event: Christine Stark and Olga Trujillo

Event date: 
Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 2:00pm

A Room of One's Own welcomes authors Christine Stark, author of Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, and Olga Trujillo, author of Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder, for a joint reading and book signing from their memoirs!

Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation follows a biracial girl named Little Miss So And So, from age 4 into adulthood. Told in a series of prose poems, Nickels'
lyrical and inventive language conveys the dissociative states born of a
world formed by persistent and brutal incest and homophobia.
The dissociative states enable the child's survival and, ultimately, the
adult's healing.  The content is both heartbreaking and triumphant. Nickels is the groundbreaking debut of Minneapolis author and artist, Christine Stark.

THE SUM OF MY PARTS is the story of Olga Trujillo, an attorney who was diagnosed at the age of 31 with dissociative identity disorder, a condition (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) that is characterized by a severe form of dissociation, a mental process which produces a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. In her powerful memoir of survival and self-reclamation, Trujillo recounts a childhood filled with the horrors of rape, abuse, and incest; a situation so traumatic that as a very young child she learned to create “parts” to help her deal with and then forget the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, brothers, and others. From the outside she seemed like an average child, though she was often the object of concern to caring adults who seemed to feel that all was not right at home. However, they could not prove the abuse was happening, and young Olga’s brain sheltered her from the memory of it, until the time finally came when the truth could no longer be contained. By then in her thirties, Olga Trujillo began the devastating process of remembering the truth about her childhood. THE SUM OF MY PARTS is also a story of strength, love, and survival. Trujillo chronicles her heroic journey from victim to survivor, and later to tireless advocate. This brave, unadorned memoir charts the author’s triumph over abuse, trauma, and mental illness and will inspire anyone who reads it.

Event address: 
307 W Johnson St.
53703-2218 Madison
Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation Cover Image
By Christine Stark, Anya Achtenberg (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781615990504
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Published: Modern History Press - August 7th, 2011

The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781572249912
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - October 1st, 2011