Remedies for Sorrow Square

Author Talk with Megan Nix

SPL Presents Local Author in Person

Date & Time

June 9, 2023

6:30 pm

Event Venue(s)

Sitka Public Library

Event Cost

Free. No registration required.

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Event Details

Local author Megan Nix will speak about her new book “Remedies for Sorrow: An Extraordinary Child, A Secret Kept from Pregnant Women, and a Mother’s Pursuit of the Truth” on Friday, June 9th at 6:30 PM at Sitka Public Library.

  • Old Harbor Books will have copies available for sale.
  • Event is free and registration is not required.

For more information, please contact Margot at (907) 747-4020 or email margot.oconnell@cityofsitka.org.

About the Book (from Facebook event post):

After a seemingly uneventful pregnancy, Megan Nix’s second daughter, Anna, was born very small and profoundly deaf. Megan and her husband, Luke, learned that Anna could have lifelong delays due to an infection from a virus they had never heard of: cytomegalovirus, or CMV, which Megan had unwittingly contracted from her toddler during pregnancy.

Megan… had been warned, while pregnant, about the risks of saunas, sushi, and unpasteurized cheese, a lack of folic acid, and an excess of kitty litter…  But she had not been told that CMV is contagious in the saliva of one out of three toddlers, spread through a kiss, a shared cup, a bite of unfinished toast. She had not been told that the stakes were high, that congenital CMV causes more birth defects and childhood disabilities – including blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism – than any infectious disease…

“Remedies for Sorrow” unfolds across the dramatic landscape of Sitka, Alaska, where Luke makes his living as a salmon fisherman. There, Megan struggles to meet Anna’s needs and dives deeper into the mystery of why no one – not her OBGYN, not her toddler’s pediatrician – had mentioned CMV…  From this rugged and beautiful place comes a memoir about the boundless capacity of mothers, the extraordinary child that is Anna, and the lifesaving power of truth.