MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 – Marymount Academy in NDG has announced that Heather Sellers, the award winning author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, will visit the school on Thursday, September 27.
An English professor at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Sellers has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, More and Elle, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Rachel Ray, NPR, Dick Gordon’s The Story. Students were assigned to read her latest book over the summer. Her visit is being organized by The Marymount Library and the International Baccalaureate Council.
Ms. Sellers will address Grades 7 and 8 students from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; and Grades 9 to 11 students, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon she will conduct a writing workshop.
Ms. Sellers has prosopagnosia, a rare neurological condition that prevents her from reliably recognizing people's faces. Growing up, unaware of the reason for her perpetual confusion and anxiety, she took what cues she could from speech, hairstyle, and gait You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know is the story of Sellers’ quest to see clearly. “I make a lot of mistakes,” she says. “ I have walked past my best friends on the street, failed to find them in restaurants, and missed my own mother at the airport. My brain has the same filing cabinet for storing faces—the hardware—that others have. But the filing clerk in my brain, instead of organizing my face files neatly, flings each bit of face information out the window. I can’t access any memory of a human face, ever; not even my own face is familiar to me. When I see it in a mirror, I’m always surprised. I also recognize people all the time, using their distinguishing non-face features. Anyone who is unusual in any way—I’m a big fan. Face blindness is a bad name for the disorder. I’m not blind in any way—my vision is perfect. This is a perception problem, a processing error. When I am looking at your face, I ‘see’ it. I just don’t know it.
Until very recently, it was thought the disorder was extremely rare. Now, researchers think two percent of the population is affected, to some degree.