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Zoom Presentation: 400 Friends and No One to Call — An Author Talk with Val Walker

Tuesday, May 26 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

On Tuesday, May 26, at 6:00 pm, the Camden Public Library will host rehabilitation consultant and author Val Walker for an online discussion of her new book, 400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking through Isolation and Building Community. This program will be presented via the Zoom meeting platform. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a link to participate.

“Even before COVID-19, it took courage and initiative to break out of isolation and rebuild our support networks,” says Walker. “We may have already been strapped in isolating situations such as illness, caregiving, living alone, divorce, relocation, financial stress or the death of a loved one. This pandemic has magnified the impact of these forces. In this program, we will grapple with isolation and loneliness by exploring ways to stay close to others and deepen our bonds, despite social distancing. And further, we will learn how to build our communities and expand our networks, paving the way for our future social life.” 

Originally inspired by the agonizing experience of feeling stranded and alone after the author recovered from major surgery, 400 Friends and No One to Call spells out the how-tos for befriending a wider community, building a social safety net, and fostering a sense of belonging. On a deeper level, Walker invites us to befriend our loneliness, rather than feel ashamed of it, and open our hearts and minds to others trapped in isolation.

Val Walker is also the author of The Art of Comforting, which won the Nautilus Book Award and was recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission as a guide for families impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombing. She has a master of science degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and has led support groups for twenty-four years for people living with chronic illness, disability, grief, and trauma. A contributing blogger for Psychology Today, she lives in Boston and teaches and speaks throughout New England.

Catch up with Val at ValWalkerAuthor.com.

To be released March 26, 2020 by Central Recovery Press

Advance Praise for 400 Friends and No One to Call

“This book is a marvel! Without any pomposity, this is a compendium of real life stories and useful tips about solving the universal problem of loneliness. Val Walker is able to walk a fine line that never veers into “clinical” distance or cloying sweetness. Instead she simply tells her own and her friends’ stories with very helpful editorializing along the way. I plan to recommend this book widely!” —Jacqueline Olds, MD, Author, “The Lonely American,” Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital

“With honesty, compassion and practical wisdom, 400 Friends and No One to Call grapples with a critical and timely issue. At the Health Story Collaborative, we’re thrilled to have Val Walker’s knowledge and guidance for breaking through social isolation.” Annie Brewster, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Founder, The Health Story Collaborative, Co-founder, The Opioid Project




Tuesday, May 26, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States