A Talk with Author Evonne Agnello


Author Evonne Agnello will talk about her book “Shaking Shame from Mental Illness” on Thursday, January 17, at 7 pm at the University Place Library located at 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100 University Place, WA 98466. Evonne discusses with sensitivity, her mental illness from both sides-within the mind of the sufferer and of those watching the one suffering and sends hope for all. The event is free, open to the public, and no pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the University Place Library. Kit Thompson, content writer for Pierce County Library System, explained: “Each of our libraries has a “Friends of the Library” that supports the libraries through book sales and sponsor events, which assists in buying equipment that the library normally couldn’t do. It’s a great asset to our libraries.”

Evonne will have books for sale and she will be signing her book. The library also has copies of the book to check out as well.

Kit recommends anyone to attend the event, “Anyone interested in books and authors and especially people interested in helping others who may suffer from mental illness. It’s especially for someone that has suffered from depression or trauma or knows someone that has.”

Evonne is a retired executive director of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association and has lived in Tacoma for nearly 30 years.

Kit commented on the event: “I think we’ve polled the public about events they like to attend. They like to have authors come and talk about their writing experience. We encourage that and it’s great community involvement and we’ve had good attendance. It’s a way for community to come together. Some people that come are regular library visitors and then we also get people that haven’t been here before, which we always like.”


Kit revealed some interesting information about the University Place Library, “The library is located in the University Place Civic Center Library and the police department is in this building as well. The library was the first occupant of the building and it had a lot of community support in regards to raising funds for the library. Some special features for this library include: computers for kids, it’s a great place for teens, and we have a Pierce County Library foundation fundraising for us. We have more services at this library than we normally would not have been able to have.

It’s a very green building with regards to it being environmentally friendly. It’s earned the LEED (Leadership, and Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification Level when the building was built and opened in February 2011.”

For more information about the Evonne event, please call Mary Getchell at: 253 548-3428 or the University Place Library at: 253 548-3307.

“Just hope people will enjoy the event and learn something and see what a good place the library is for them,” Kit concluded.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com

4 thoughts on “A Talk with Author Evonne Agnello”

  1. I would like to learn more about her book, I don’t think we can learn too much about other’s disabilities or difficulties..

  2. What a great book! I can’t wait to read it! So much unnecessary shame is put upon sufferers and loved ones and that shame can really get in the way of healing!! Thanks for sharing!

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