Michele DeMarco with Kimberley Cameron - Holding Onto Air (Corte Madera Store)

Michele DeMarco
In conversation with Kimberley Cameron
In conversation with Chris Feliciano Arnold 

Holding Onto Air
The Art and Science of Building a Resilient Spirit

Corte Madera Store

Sat., February 17, 2024 • 1:00pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Corte Madera Store. Please contact webmaster@bookpassage.com with questions regarding events.

Please join us in welcoming award-winning writer and published author Michele DeMarco in conversation with her literary agent Kimberley Cameron in celebration of Holding Onto Air.

A top mental health writer, trauma researcher, and survivor illuminates the dual nature of loss—the science behind it and art of transforming it with a breakthrough book and truly holistic approach.

After experiencing two rare heart attacks at the age of 33—and a third a decade later, DeMarco knows trauma intimately. Trauma breaks your relationship with time by upending your expectations, fracturing your memories and identity, and destroying your innocence.

With poignant wisdom and refreshing insight DeMarco explodes traditional myths of resilience and shows what it takes to thrive through any of life’s challenges. DeMarco situates meaningful challenge and loss specifically in the context of “lost innocence,” and challenges common notions that we can think our way out of despair and back to a “normal” happy life when the unimaginable shatters it.

Leveraging advances in emotion science, somatic psychology, neuroscience, and trauma, 
Holding Onto Air brings the body and spirit into the solution, as much as the mind, and so presents a truly integrated, “whole person” approach to recovering from lost innocence and building resilience. It also makes spirit accessible for anyone of any background or belief—or no aligned belief.

More than a rudimentary map for navigating grief and loss’ rocky terrain (with tired tropes and shop-worn strategies), DeMarco offers a unique and trusted guide for an arduous journey every human being will have to face—the realization of evil, pain, or mortality that occurs after a person experiences trauma.  

Michele DeMarco, Rev. Ph.D. is an award-winning writer and published author in the fields of psychology, trauma, health, and spirituality, and is a professionally trained therapist, clinical ethicist, and trauma researcher specializing in moral injury and resilience. She is one of Medium’s Top Writer’s in Health and Mental Health. She holds master’s degrees in World Religion and Ethics, Comparative Culture and Conflict, and Psychology. She studied Marriage and Family therapy at Antioch University. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, where she is also the Executive Director of Communications, Marketing, and Strategic Relations and teaches Creative Nonfiction Writing and Conflict Transformation.


Kimberley Cameron ... has been a successful agent for 30 years, she is enjoying mentoring and fostering the careers of her agents. While working largely by referral, she’s always looking for exceptional writing in any field, particularly writing that touches the heart and makes us feel something. She’s found success with many different genres, and especially loves the thrill of securing representation for debut authors. She represents both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, with the exception of romance, children’s books, and screenplays.

Kimberley is a current member of the AALA and The Authors Guild. 





Michele DeMarco, Rev. Ph.D. photo courtesy of the publicist. Kimberley Cameron - photo courtesy of Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency



Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Holding Onto Air: The Art and Science of Building a Resilient Spirit By Michele DeMarco, PhD Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523004874
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - January 9th, 2024