Oprah is Going on a Virtual Book Tour—And You Can Join the Conversation from Home

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Photo credit: Flatiron/Cassie Skoras
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On April 27, Oprah and renowned brain and trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry, will release What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, a collaborative work that seeks to understand the often-hidden complexities of childhood trauma, how those wounds persist in later years, and how we can better understand those psychic injuries in order to move forward.

To coincide with the book’s publication, Oprah is launching a short virtual tour in partnership with bookstores from around the country. Each of these free hour-long events, which consist of in-depth conversations, will be moderated by prominent cultural figures including Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning; Rob Lowe, Parks and Recreation actor and host of the podcast Literally!; Jay Shetty, bestselling author of Think Like a Monk; Arianna Davis, Oprah Daily’s Senior Director of Editorial & Strategy and the author of What Would Frida Do?; and Dax Shepard, actor and host of the “Armchair Expert” podcast, who will be joined by Veronica Mars actress Kristen Bell.

Oprah herself is no stranger to childhood trauma. As a child, she was surrounded by abuse and developed “a keen sense of when trouble was brewing,” along with the kind of emotional scars that take much longer to fade than the physical ones. As a result, Oprah has fostered a lifelong interest in understanding and overcoming the effects of early trauma, and helped many others do the same.

Both revealing and educational, What Happened To You? contains these difficult episodes from Oprah’s past, alongside dialogues with Dr. Perry that plumb the depths of childhood adversity to emerge with a sense of “post-traumatic wisdom.” The focus is on furthering understanding of people and their behaviors, a shift away from asking, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

"We all have pasts, and most of us have experienced various levels of trauma that have informed how we operate and interact in the world," Oprah says. "We have been working on this book for several years, and I look forward to these conversations that will allow us to hold more empathy for ourselves and others as we learn to ask the question, 'What happened to you?'"

Here’s everything you need to know about the tour. Each event ticket includes a copy of What Happened to You? More information on the tour and how to access these events can be found at WhatHappenedToYouBook.com, which will be updated.

Here's the complete book tour schedule.

Tuesday 4/27 at 7pm ET: Books Are Magic and Semicolon Bookstore; moderated by Jay Shetty

Wednesday 4/28 at 7pm ET: Barnes & Noble and Indigo (Canada); moderated by Gayle King

Thursday 4/29 at 7pm ET: Powell’s and Blue Willow; moderated by Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell

Sunday 5/2 at 4pm ET: Politics & Prose and Books & Books; moderated by Rob Lowe

Monday 5/3 at 7pm ET: Loyalty and The Book Stall; moderated by Arianna Davis

Photo credit: Flatiron
Photo credit: Flatiron

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