Author Daphne Merkin honored at the Metropolitan Club: PHOTOS

Daphne Merkin, and Audrey Gruss
Daphne Merkin, and Audrey Gruss (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)

Literary critic, essayist and novelist, Daphne Merkin was honored this week at the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF).

At the event, held at The Metropolitan Club, Merkin spoke about her new memoir, “This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression.”

HDRF founder and chair Audrey Gruss hosted the brain research fundraiser, now in its eleventh year. And Merkin spoke about her experience with clinical depression and read excerpts from “This Close to Happy.”  She said she began writing the book 16 years ago as a New Yorker article, and when it was published, “it felt like I was walking naked down the magazine’s corridors, as previously depression was something that stayed in the shadows.”

 

Check out photos from the event below.

Kim Heirston, and Lis Waterman
Kim Heirston, and Lis Waterman (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Alex Federbush, Marjorie Federbush, and Robert Nederlander
Alex Federbush, Marjorie Federbush, and Robert Nederlander (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Louisa Benton, Dr. Eric Nestler, and Audrey Gruss
Louisa Benton, Dr. Eric Nestler, and Audrey Gruss (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Jane Novick, Richard Novick, and Linda Schaps
Jane Novick, Richard Novick, and Linda Schaps (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Serena Bowman, Kitty McKnight, and Bill McKnight
Serena Bowman, Kitty McKnight, and Bill McKnight (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Adrienne Gordon, and Myrna Haft
Adrienne Gordon, and Myrna Haft (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Elaine Arace, and Anne Nordeman
Elaine Arace, and Anne Nordeman (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Elizabeth Belfer, Eric Javits Jr., and Margo Langenberg
Elizabeth Belfer, Eric Javits Jr., and Margo Langenberg (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
Jim Aman, Laura Aman, and John Meeks
Jim Aman, Laura Aman, and John Meeks (credit: Presley Ann for PMC)
(credit: Presley Ann for PMC)