• Book reading by Laurie Barkin, RN, MS 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco.
    As a psychiatric nurse consultant working in SF General Hospital’s Trauma Unit, Barkin routinely evaluated and treated patients with stab wounds, gun shot wounds, and injuries from motor vehicle accidents, fires, and falls. Her book tells her own stories and those of fellow workers in the unit, a workforce under constant and intense pressure, exploring what happens to professional caregivers when exposure to tragedy becomes routine. These are the stories of skilled and dedicated individuals for whom vicarious trauma is a real and harrowing fact of their jobs. This event is part of Labor Fest 2011.

  • Laurie discusses The Comfort Garden on Tuesday August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco.
  • Book Reading by Laurie at 7 pm Tuesday October 4 at Books, Inc. at 760 Fourth St., Berkeley.