Pop-Up Book Club

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June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

Register for 4-session series here: https://smithcenter.org/programs-retreat/pop-up-book-club-6-9/

with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher & Erin Price

Welcome to “Pop-Up Book Club,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.

For our first sessions, we will read Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life by Janie Brown, a dear friend of Smith Center. Please read below for an overview of her powerful work on hope and dying.

Pop-Up Book Club will meet bi-monthly on Tuesdays in June and July, from 12:00-1:00pm.

  • Part 1: June 9
  • Part 2: June 23
  • Part 3: July 7
  • Part 4: July 21

Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life

In Radical Acts of Love, Janie Brown, oncology nurse of thirty years and counsellor of cancer patients with terminal diagnoses, recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying; including those personally close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective and experience of death, while at the same time exploring its universalities.

As well as offering an extremely sensitive and wise insight into our final moments, Brown offers practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling helpless about death to feeling hopeful; from fear to acceptance; from feeling disconnected and alone, to becoming part of the wider, collective story of our mortality.

Get Radical Acts of Love: How we find hope at the end of life here: https://smile.amazon.com/Radical-Acts-Love-Find-Hope-ebook/dp/B07XFFK9XB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=radical+acts+of+love&qid=1589894908&sr=8-1

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About Carla Stillwagon

Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!

About Kiersten Gallagher

As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.

About Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

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