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Dani Shapiro with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Dani Shapiro will be in conversation with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score, a book on trauma’s effect on the body.

From the bestselling memoirist, novelist, and host of the hit podcast Family Secrets, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love.

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history—the life she had lived–crumbled beneath her.

About the Moderator:
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk M.D. is one of the leading experts in trauma and the bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score. He is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network.