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Book to Action: Talking Mental Health and Suicide with Author Kate Bornstein

The goal of SBPL’s Book to Action programming is to destigmatize conversations about mental health and suicide and raise awareness about services.  World-renowned writer and transgender activist Kate Bornstein will be joining the Santa Barbara community for two events.

Bornstein is the author of several books, including the revised and updated Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (2016), A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir (2012), and Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws (2006). These books examine identity from many perspectives and also contain a multitude of strategies, support, and real-life examples for living through tough times. Her books are available from SBPL digitally through Overdrive or in print.

In partnership with the Pacific Pride Foundation, Bornstein will be a guest speaker at the kick-off to their PROUD Summer Program for LGBTQ+ & Ally Youth on Tuesday, June 16. This program will meet online 4:30 - 6:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday - exploring LGBTQ+ youth fiction and graphic novels accessible online through the Library. Interested teens can sign up with Pacific Pride Foundation by filling out this form.

On Thursday, June 18 at 5:30pm, Bornstein will give a free public presentation on her life and experience as a nonbinary trans individual, her own struggles with mental health, how we can care about the quality of our lives, and ways to keep every last one of us alive followed by the opportunity for questions.  To join the discussion, register via the Library’s website, and you will receive information on how to join the Zoom via email. 

The Santa Barbara Public Library is one of 25 California libraries chosen for Book to Action 2020, funded by the California Center for the Book. California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming Librarian

Phone: (805) 805-5621



Last Updated: Dec 22, 2017
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