Tuesday, July 16, 2013

World's Strongest Librarian Shares Struggles with Tourette's



What is life like for a young Mormon boy in Utah with one of the most severe types of Tourette's Syndrome? In his new book, "The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family," 

Josh Hanagarne takes us on a tour of the challenges he has faced.And he will tell all about it at Hartford Public Library tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, in an event being held in partnership with The Mark Twain House and Museum. A reception at 5:30 pm.will be followed by a conversation between Hanagarne and Jacques Lamarre, playwright, booklover and Communications Manager at the Mark Twain House, at 6 pm.

Plagued by tics, yelps and a propensity to hit himself, Josh sets out to conquer his disability by strong-man training (bending spikes, lifting boulders, etc.) and working in the least likely place for someone with Tourette's: the library.

"The World's Strongest Librarian" will be held at Hartford Public Library Downtown, 500 Main St., Hartford. The event is free, and a book sale and signing will follow.

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