Karen Winters Schwartz of Marietta will read from her debut novel, Where are the Cocoa Puffs? A Family Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 2 at Creekside Books & Coffee, 35 Fennell St., Skaneateles.
Winter Shwartz's book, published in September, tells the fictional story of a family that is dealing with the tragedy of bipolar disorder. Schwartz hopes to help debunk the stigmas surrounding the disorder.
"One of the most difficult aspects for families dealing with a loved one's mental illness is the guilt and the shame and the lack of support," says Winters Schwartz. "Immediate family members are often alone on their journey with mental illness, alienated by family, friends, school teachers and administrators and the community in general."
By profession an optometrist, Winters Schwartz was born and raised in Ohio, where she spent 13 years pursuing an education at Ohio State University. She received her undergraduate degree in microbiology, her Master of Science in Immunology and a doctorate in optometry. She and her husband moved to Central New York 23 years ago, where they've raised two daughters. This novel is, at its core, a personal family journey.
Winters Schwartz will also participate in a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 18 at Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.