Author Shares Her Journey with Mental Illness at the AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017

Author Shares Her Journey with Mental Illness at the AJC Decatur Book Festival 2017

Online PR News – 18-August-2017 – Atlanta, GA – From 1 to 3 September 2017, M.S. Burke, author of the Memoir of a Journey with Mental Illness: Treading Water will be joining this year's AJC Decatur Book Festival, a community-based, non-profit event and largest independent festival in the country. Being renowned as one of the five largest festivals in the country, DBF continues to gather world-class authors as well as hundreds of thousands of festival-goers to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children's area, live music, parade, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and others. These activities will be happening in and around the historic downtown Decatur square.

"We always knew Atlanta had a thriving writing and book community, but it needed a centerpiece to bring all the parts together," Tom Bell points out as he recalls the history of DBF. It was when Daren Wang hatched a hare-brained idea to establish a festival celebrating the spoken/written word that brought the other dreamers and believers together. Tom Bell — founding program director, Linda Harris, Richard Lenz, Alice Murray, Bill Starr and Judy Turner then began brewing the magic.

The DBF got rave reviews shortly after 18 months of hard work and dedication in volunteering full-time, until its commencement over Labor Day weekend back in 2006, which was attended by over 100 authors and 50, 000 people. The success of the event was contributed by the combination of supportive local businesses and restaurants, eager and able volunteers, and the ability to walk easily from venue to venue.

M.S. Burke pens Memoir of a Journey with Mental Illness: Treading Water, a stirring story that reveals the life of the author and her journey upon discovering her mental illness. Burke was only nineteen years old when she enigmatically tried to kill herself. The suicidal attempt did not make any sense to anyone, as she was living a boundless life; she had a privileged life of yacht clubs, tennis lessons, private schools and summers in Canada. She had everything that she needed and wanted. Even after so many years, after being diagnosed with manic depression, she had the same question on her head: “Will today be the day that I have another breakdown?” Burke shares reveals her experience, as one out of every four people are suffering from the same mental illness, and she wants to be able to help those people overcome the stigma that is brought about by this disorder. She wants to impart an important lesson that any mental condition should not define what a person can and cannot do and most importantly, anyone who suffers from any condition must not feel alone, always seek support from family, friends, psychiatric professionals, and this book.

BookBlastPro will represent the author at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The festival-goers and other authors will have the opportunity of getting first-hand information about Burke and her piece, Memoir of a Journey with Mental Illness: Treading Water. They will also get bookmarks and an opportunity of photo documentation which will be released after the event. The book selling will be announced at the event.

AJC Decatur Book Festival — Bookzilla, M.S. Burke’s book and the rest of the fun activities will make this event a literary powerhouse that will delight the attendees and will make this annual event a huge success, as what Tom Bell expressed: "That's what the festival does best."

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