In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Library presents this gripping true-life story of survival.On Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 Author Charles A. Carroll will appear at the Palm Springs Public Library at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Carroll will discuss his book, “Hard Candy” which chronicles his own personal heart-breaking story. His book will be available for purchase and to autograph following his lecture. The program is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited.
Charles and his older brother were abandoned by their parents. In 1951, when their foster care placement failed, they were reclassified and institutionalized in a state mental hospital. Charles, a perfectly normal child, was locked up with the mad and mentally challenged at the New Jersey State Colony for Boys; this book tells his story. “HARD CANDY is absent fiction, is about what happened to my brother and me at the hands of trusted civil servants, and spotlights a hard look into the bleak world of secretive bureaucracies that continue to maintain its operations just short of the Stone Age of insanity; hence, HARD CANDY is A TRUE AMERICAN TRAGEDY, dispels the public myth that it doesn’t happen anymore, and is the book they never wanted written, said Charles Carroll.”
“Hard Candy” won Honorable Mention at the 2005 Midwest Book Awards (MIPA) and won Honorable Mention at the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival Awards. It has consistently been on the Amazon best seller lists in both the United States and Canada, in the genres of Family and Child Abuse.