In connection with the kickoff for VCU Libraries event season, the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will discuss “Someone’s Missing . . . and I think it’s me: Our Great Adventure with Dementia” by Joan Gaustad (BFA ’75/Arts.) We will meet in the Cabell Room on the 4th floor of VCU’s Cabell Library on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2 pm.

VCU has a mask mandate, so anyone who attends must wear a face covering while in the building. For those who would like to attend but are unable to come to campus, please send an email to for the Zoom link.

As this book is among the first to be published by VCU Publishing, you can read the book free of charge on VCU Scholars Compass. If you prefer a print copy (and it is a beautiful book to have in your hand), you may purchase one at the book release event September 8 at 7 p.m .at VCU Libraries. The book is available locally at Chop Suey Books in Carytown.

From VCU Scholars Compass:
“Someone’s Missing…and I Think It’s Me” is a unique blend of memoir, advice, and art. Gaustad chronicles her experiences with her late husband, prominent artist and VCU faculty member Gerald Donato, as they try to navigate the mysteries and terrors of early-onset dementia. Beautifully illustrated with original artwork by the author, Donato, and artist friends, Gaustad takes a brutally honest, sometimes harrowing, and ultimately life-affirming look at their challenged marriage. Although her original intent was to create a guide for those dealing with brain illness in loved ones, the book became a testament to the beauty and humor to be found above and beyond the medical travails; “Someone’s Missing” is a moving love story.

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