The founder of PostSecret is coming to Rochester.
Author and secret-collector Frank Warren will be in town July 31 as part of an ongoing community conversation about mental health awareness. Warren has spent the last 15 years collecting anonymous secrets from people throughout the world, sharing them through published books, on the world’s largest commercial-free blog (postsecret.com), and through his PostSecret Live events.
Through the years, Warren estimates he’s received more than 1 million postcards with secrets ranging from humorous and heart-warming to sad and heart-breaking. The project started in 2004, and Warren has published six best-selling books based on the project. Rochester Public Library has multiple copies of the books available for check-out.
“PostSecret has taught me there are two kinds of secrets: the ones we keep from others, and the ones we hide from ourselves," Warren said.
At 6 p.m. July 31, Warren will share the story of PostSecret at Mayo Civic Center in CH Mayo Presentation Hall. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Rochester Public Library. All available tickets for “PostSecret Live,” which were free, have been claimed, due largely to Warren’s strong following on his blog and through social media.
However, immediately following the presentation, Warren will be available for a book signing at the Rochester Art Center, which is currently hosting the Mind Matters exhibit that focuses on mental health awareness. Tickets are not needed to attend the book-signing event.
Sara Patalita, head of the library's reference services, says multiple activities and events are being offered in Rochester this summer as part of a community collaboration around mental health awareness.
“As a library, we support sharing information about a variety of topics, including mental health resources," she said. "PostSecret is about recognizing the power behind sharing our secrets — awareness that we all struggle and we all have secrets to share.”