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Writer Kate O’Neil Shares Experience of Sister’s Opioid Addiction

Brattleboro ~ Writer Kate O’Neil will share the story of her sister’s battle with opioid addiction and discuss the addiction crisis in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Her talk, Junkie, Sister, Daughter, Mom: A Love Story from the Opioid Epidemic,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. 

In October 2018, a young Vermont mom named Madelyn Linsenmeir died after a long struggle with addiction. Her obituary went viral and was read by millions of people around the world. Madelyn’s sister, writer Kate O’Neill, shares her family’s experience loving and losing Maddie, the stories of other Vermonters impacted by this disease, and potential solutions to the crisis.

Kate O’Neill is a writer currently working on a yearlong series about the opioid epidemic for Seven Days newspaper and a memoir about her sister Madelyn Linsenmeir, who struggled with opioid addiction for more than a decade. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner and stepdaughter.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Brattleboro First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series in Brattleboro is underwritten by Chroma Technology Corp.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Against the Grain, Brattleboro Autobody & Detailing, Brattleboro Retreat, Everyone’s Books, GPI Construction, New ChapterThe Richards Group, The Vermont Country Store, Windham World Affairs Council

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities

Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.