Allie Cashel

Fletcher Room


Author of: Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial and Lyme Disease: Medical Myopia & the Hidden Global Pandemic 

Allie Cashel is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme disease in an Age of Denial (North Atlantic Books) and is the co-founder and president of The Suffering the Silence Community, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding the experience of chronic illness and disability. Allie is a 2019 New Leaders Council - Vermont fellow, has served as the Chair of Young Leaders Council for the Global Lyme Alliance and works as a marketing and content development consultant for both nonprofit and for-profit clients. She graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a BA in Written Arts.  Her forthcoming book is Lyme Disease: Medical Myopia & the Hidden Global Pandemic, authored with Dr. Bernard Raxlen. (Hammersmith Books Ltd, 2019)


Will Self

Fletcher Room


William Woodard Self (born 26 September 1961) is an English author, journalist, political commentator and television personality.  He is the author of eleven novels, five collections of shorter fiction, three novellas and five collections of non-fiction writing. His work has been translated into 22 languages; his 2002 novel Dorian, an Imitation was longlisted for the Booker Prize and his novel Umbrella was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His fiction is known for being satirical, grotesque and fantastical and is predominantly set within his home city of London. His writing often explores mental illness, drug abuse and psychiatry.

Self is a regular contributor to publications including The Guardian, Harper's, The New York Times and the London Review of Books. He currently writes a column for the New Statesman, and over the years he has been a columnist for the Observer, The Times and the Evening Standard. His columns for Building Design on the built environment and for the Independent Magazine on the psychology of place brought him to prominence as a thinker concerned with the politics of urbanism.


Janet Reich Elsbach

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Author of: Extra Helping: Recipes for Caring, Connecting, and Building Community One Dish at a Time

Janet Reich Elsbach lives in a rural community in Western Massachusetts. She teaches writing to high school students and to adults with developmental disabilities and, for over ten years, was a counselor to new and growing families. She writes about how all the numerous things going on in the average life collide with making dinner on her blog A Raisin & a Porpoise. Janet is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in anthropology and a focus on writing and holds a masters in education from New York University. She has chased strange ingredients, healing nutrition, and good food all her life and is a regular contributor to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Her writing has appeared on Food52, Modern Loss, Manifest Station, Role/Reboot, and Verily Magazine.

There is no more essential way to show up for people than on the plate. Extra Helping is for anyone who wants to respond to the challenge of baby announcements, PTO meal chains, and CaringBridge alerts with compassion and creativity; who wants to send something to a niece overcome by finals week or a neighbor who is grieving; who wants to rise above their default setting; and whose limits of time and other resources leave them feeling more confused than inspired. With recipes tailored to meet many of the dietary modifications that illness and recovery (not to mention modern life) often entail, as well as suggestions that range from mailing a kick-ass care package to bringing over a full, hot meal, Extra Helping frames a philosophy of support, a personal identity of tending, a creative and unique-to-you style of saying, "I am here for you"--one delivery at a time.

Extra Helping is not so much a cookbook as it is a manual about how to nurture with recipes as the supporting actors. But those recipes happen to be quite alluring.” --Sara Moulton, host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals and author of Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101

September 28, 2019 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

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