Melissa Bond | Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness

The King's English Bookshop welcomes local journalist and poet Melissa Bond, for a reading of and moderated discussion about her new book, Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness. Bond will be in conversation with Dave Jones. An audience Q and A will follow the conversation.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place on the bookshop patio.

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of Blood Orange Night from The King's English. GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of Blood Orange Night today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized. 

About the book:

As Melissa Bond raises her infant daughter and a special-needs one-year-old son, she suffers from unbearable insomnia, sleeping an hour or less each night. She loses her job as a journalist (a casualty of the 2008 recession), and her relationship with her husband grows distant. Her doctor casually prescribes benzodiazepines—a family of drugs that includes Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan—and increases her dosage on a regular basis.

Following her doctor’s orders, Melissa takes the pills night after night; her body begins to shut down and she collapses while holding her infant daughter. Only then does Melissa learn that her doctor—like many doctors—has over-prescribed the medication and quitting cold turkey could lead to psychosis or fatal seizures. Benzodiazepine addiction is not well studied, and few experts know how to help Melissa as she begins the months-long process of tapering off the pills without suffering debilitating, potentially deadly consequences.

Each page thrums with the heartbeat of Melissa’s struggle—how many hours has she slept? How many weeks old are her babies? How many milligrams has she taken? Her propulsive writing crescendos to a fever pitch as she fights for her health and her ability to care for her children. Lyrical and immersive, Blood Orange Night shines a light on the prescription benzodiazepine epidemic as it reaches a crisis point in this country.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982188276
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books - June 14th, 2022