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Joan Ellis – Chrysalis (in-house) Esther Birney Series
Thursday, August 5, 2021, 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM
Esther Birney Lecture Series
Chrysalis is a book about devastating grief, enduring love and the heart’s capacity to heal. In the Halpern Room. (See below for full description.)
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Chrysalis is a book about devastating grief, enduring love and the heart’s capacity to heal. Without warning or any time to prepare, in 2017 Joan lost her daughter and then her husband in the short span of only six months. Chrysalis is her survival story.
Joan’s daughter, Sonja, on the autism spectrum, was misunderstood by many people. The tragic details of her life include the seizure of her newborn baby by social workers.
By sharing Sonja’s life story and her own journey through grief, Joan hopes to shine a guiding light for anyone who is lonely and especially for those coping with loss or personal tragedy. She will speak a little about the process of writing Chrysalis and about a diagnosis of ASD (autism spectrum disorder).
Brock House member Joan Ellis is a self-taught multi-media artist who works mainly in acrylics, watercolours and collage. Besides making art, she writes prose and poetry. You may remember the many Brock House Profiles she wrote for The Gallimaufry. Chrysalis is her first book. She is in the process of writing another ...