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Second Story Press: Spring 2020

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Since Joel
Love and Loss on the Spectrum
By (author): Julie L. Schwartz
9781772601237 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Canada Mar 24, 2020
$18.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 260 gr 160 pages Second Story Press
When the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality: a mother's moving portrait of loving, raising, and losing a son with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Since Joel tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with Autism Spectrum Disorder and died by accidental overdose at age 25. Joel’s unique cognition created situations where he baffled yet informed; infuriated yet endeared; lost and yet won. His mother describes how Joel was a “charming nerd”, inviting us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. She ultimately asks that we maintain Joel’s memory by finding small ways to be kind, and celebrating our differences instead of finding fault with them.

Julie Schwartz was born in Philadelphia. There she met a Canadian, and forty years ago moved to Toronto and learned to spell her married name with a "zed". Julie earned a Masters and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Retired from her career in consumer research, Julie actively pursues outdoor adventures, continuing education, and volunteer opportunities.

For fans of Ian Brown's The Boy in the Moon.

The book will resonate with readers who have connections or lived experience with developmental and other disabilities, Autism Spectrum disorder, trauma, mental illness, or loss. 

Mothers and fathers will see themselves and their children in the book, and siblings may recognize each other.

STATS: 1 million Canadians are living with a developmental disability. 80% receive assistance from their families

AUTISM SPEAKS and the CMAJ reveal: 1 in 45 children have an ASD
300,000 Canadians are on the ASD spectrum

Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians. 

Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.

Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media. 

For more information contact
[email protected]

Takes us to the depths of grief and allows us to understand its power and the courage that it takes to face it. - Marina Nemat, Author of Prisoner of Tehran

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