Shelby Smoak reads from his memoir Bleeder with acoustic musical guests
02/09/2013, 02:00 pm
Chapel Hill, NC
Shelby Smoak reads from his memoir Bleeder with acoustic musical guests Start: 2:00 pm Sat 2/9 2pm-3pm Shelby Smoak reads from his memoir Bleeder with acoustic musical guests Shelby Smoak chronicles one young man’s journey from his last days of high school, through his college years, and into his early attempts at joining the work force, all the while, like a typical young man, searching for true love. But Shelby is not a typical young man. He was born with hemophilia, a rare, debilitating medical condition. But that’s not all. For his eighteenth birthday, just as he was preparing to go off to college and getting used to the constant medical problems of being a young hemophiliac, Shelby’s already fragile world was turned upside down when his doctor informed him that he was HIV-positive and had been for several years due to a tainted transfusion in the 1980s. What does life hold in store for someone burdened with this twin medical nightmare? Set in the 1990s along the coast of North Carolina, BLEEDER is a coming-of-age memoir for modern times, chronicling a young, heterosexual, HIV-positive hemophiliac’s quest for love in a world constantly hijacked by life-threatening illnesses. Moving between bedrooms where love is smothered by illness to medical clinics, hospitals, operating rooms, and doctor’s offices where life is always in question, BLEEDER tells the story of Shelby Smoak’s ongoing hope to find love against the greatest of odds.