Robert Kolker in Conversation with Andrew Solomon--Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of An American Family (A FAN Event)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Robert Kolker, author of the bestseller Hidden Valley Road. Mr. Kolker will be interviewed by FAN favorite Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a paperback copy of Hidden Valley Road from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Mr. Kolker and Prof. Solomon that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: In his #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, Robert Kolker uncovers one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins–aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony–and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?

What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.

About the Author: Robert Kolker is the New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls, named one of the New York Times‘s 100 Notable Books and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top Ten Books of 2013. Most recently, he is the author of Hidden Valley Road, a #1 New York Times Bestseller and an Oprah’s Book Club Pick. As a journalist, his work has appeared in New York magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times MagazineWIRED, GQ, O Magazine, and Men’s Journal. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of the 2011 Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

About the Interviewer: Andrew Solomon, Ph.D. is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture, and psychology; a professor of clinical medical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center; and the former president of PEN America. Most recently, he made an award-winning film of Far from the Tree, and an audio series called New Family Values. His best-selling book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction as well as more than twenty-five other national and international awards. Prof. Solomon is also the author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, recently revised and reissued, which won the National Book Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Prof. Solomon is an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, education, and the arts. He is a member of several boards, including the National LGBTQ Task Force, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and PEN America.


Event date: 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Anchor Books - March 2nd, 2021


The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.