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On Thursday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, Mick Cochrane will host a book launch for The Crystal Gavel, a memoir by his late sister.

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The memoir follows Sue’s journey from a childhood marked by poverty, alcoholism and violence through her recovery to her quest to humanize the courts and afford all people a genuine, dignified hearing.

The book has received early praise from readers:

“Rarely do I encounter a memoir so powerful and inspiring. Sue’s story reminds us of our potential to awaken through life’s most heartbreaking challenges…and to navigate with compassion, dignity, and grace.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance 

“A memoir that crafts exquisite wholeness from the shards of a wounded life. Sue Cochrane’s humanity, her healing vision, and her valiant heart will take your breath away.” —Pavi Mehta, author of Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World’s Greatest Business Case for Compassion 

“The Crystal Gavel is a kind of miracle: At once profoundly personal and radically social, it offers a vision of transformation within our hearts and in the often-heartbreaking machinery of our legal system.” Lon Otto, author of three short fiction collections and the novel The Flower Trade

A Q&A, book signing and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by creative writing program.

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Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English