Julie Lewis presents 'Still Positive'

One woman's journey of advocacy, faith, and positivity


Third Place Books welcomes Julie Lewis to our Seward Park store! Lewis will be discussing her debut memoir, Still Positive, co-authored by Jenny Koenig. Lewis' experiences as a woman living with AIDS offers insights about grief and loss, caregiving, spirituality and the importance of community in the midst of tragedy.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About Still Positive. . .

"You only have three to five years to live."

On the day she was diagnosed with HIV and thrust from the confines of her suburban mom bubble into the scary and unpredictable world of AIDS, Julie promptly found herself fighting for her life and rights amidst a disease she never imagined would hijack her future.

With three young children, her family began making every effort to create lasting memories while simultaneously managing the debilitating side effects of early meds. They hid her illness for four years, fearing her children would suffer stigma and discrimination often experienced in the early days of the disease.

Her diagnosis began a path of advocacy, faith, and positivity despite her life's detour. Now, Julie advocates for better healthcare outcomes for women through the personal stories and reflections from her life. Her health journey creates space for those walking through their own family or medical crises to be seen and supported.

Praise for Still Positive. . .

“An enjoyable and empowering memoir of HIV, strength, and survival. Still Positive lives up to its title.”
—Publishers Weekly

Julie Lewis is a 39-­year AIDS survivor, and mother to Grammy Award-winning music producer, Ryan Lewis. She was infected with HIV in 1984 but not diagnosed until the early 1990s when she was given three to five years to live. After years of silence about her disease, she found an unlikely community of friends to fight alongside and began using her story to make a difference. Her experiences as a woman living with AIDS offers insights about grief and loss, caregiving, spirituality and the importance of community in the midst of tragedy.

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