Event: Mental Health Fireside and Q&A With Author Spencer Hyde

by | Jul. 08, 2019

The LDS Living Book Club will be hosting a fireside and Q&A event with Spencer Hyde, an English professor at BYU and the author of Waiting for Fitz. The event will be held at the Deseret Book Flagship store in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00 pm. Click here to reserve your free tickets!

During the fireside, Spencer Hyde will talk a little bit about his own experience with having OCD and mental illness, his career as an English professor, and how to be empathetic towards people who deal with emotional and mental illness. Spencer will then take some time to talk about his book Waiting for Fitz and will take questions from the audience. The event will be live-streamed via the LDS Living Facebook & Instagram accounts, and via the LDS Living Book Club Instagram!

Waiting for FitzAddies loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It's one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can't stop. Rituals and rhythms. It's exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn't exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other's quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn't know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and get to San Juan Island, everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

Waiting for Fitz is a story about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and learning what is truly worth waiting for.

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