A Night of Our Collected Anxiety
After publishing a memoir about growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder, hundreds of people wrote to the author Amanda Stern to confide in her about their own anxiety. She realized that if every single person who wrote or pulled her aside could begin speaking publicly about their own struggles, the stigma of mental illness would be entirely eradicated. In an attempt to kick-start this reality, she has assembled a variety of voices each experiencing anxiety from a different lens. We’ll hear from a comic, a therapist, a mindfulness expert and a scientist. The aim of this event is to give a face and personality to anxiety, to bring it out in the open so it no longer needs to hide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?
As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.
Why do programs fill so quickly?
ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.
Where does ALOUD take place?
Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.
- Where should I park for ALOUD programs?
Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?
We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.