Author David Blistein Book Launch Event

Putney, VT – Next Stage Arts Project is pleased to present Author David Blistein, Friday, March 22, 2013, at 7:30pm at Next Stage in Putney. The author will read from and discuss his book, David’s Inferno (published by Hatherleigh Press, distributed by Random House), followed by refreshments and a book signing. Part of Next Stage’s Community Artists Performance Series, there is a suggested donation of $10, with proceeds to benefit Next Stage.

David’s Inferno is a remarkable book that the publishing community is already calling, “an instant classic.” Not since William Styron’s Darkness Visible, or more recently Kay Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, has a book made the experience of depression so understandable and real—both for those who suffer from it and the people who care for them. David’s Inferno combines intensely personal reminiscences of the author’s two-year nervous breakdown with contemporary insights on how major depression manifests, is diagnosed, and treated. At the same time, its gentleness and wry humor offer hope that there is a way through the minefield, and real light at the end of the tunnel.

As acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns writes in his Foreword, author David Blistein “has given us all a map and some basic instructions for doing the hard work we may need to summon when the inevitable vicissitudes of life threaten even the most controlled and controlling among us.”

With its reflections on Dante’s own journey through the Dark Wood and fascinating discussions of diagnostics, drugs, and alternative medicine, David’s Inferno goes way beyond memoir to explore depression’s ability to transform our relationships, our creativity, and our very selves.

The Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, a weekly community film series, and a spoken word series. Artists appearing have included Taylor Mali, Pulitzer Prize winning author Tim Weiner, Dr. Carol Gilligan, Jonathan Edwards, and Tony Trischka.

For more information, contact the Next Stage Arts Project at (802) 387-0102 or

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