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About Christine Ristaino

Ever since I was a child I have loved to write. I have written short stories, articles, textbooks, academic books, OpEds, and a memoir. Writing for me is transformational. It takes me to a new place, a new understanding, a deeper awareness of myself and those around me. All the Silent Spaces has been the most transformative thus far. It has allowed me to face three traumatic events, led me to speak in front of 6,000 people at the Roanoke Women's March, as well as inspired so many other adventures--past, present, and yet to come. I hope you will join me on this journey.


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I am extremely honored to share my memoir with you. I have been working on telling this story since 2008, shortly after I was attacked in a parking lot in front of my children. My book, All the Silent Spaces, shares what it feels like to survive violence--three times.  It describes what it's like to face violent events, past and present, in a way that changes everything. Moving between the greater issues associated with violence and the personal voyage of overcoming grief, All the Silent Spaces is about letting go of what you think you know in order to rebuild.

Public Good and Private Bad... People are capable of both


2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Finalist:  Social Issues

2020 Living Now Book Awards, Gold Winner Inspirational Memoir

2020 International Book Awards, Finalist in Social Change
2020 IndieReader Discovery Awards Winner in Women's Issues
2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Social Change
2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Women's Issues

Healing and #MeToo

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Speeches, Interviews, OpEds, Articles and On-line Appearances 


Meet Christine Ristaino.  Bold Journey August 29, 2023.

The Author's Perspective with Audrey Galex.  AIB Network July 31, 2023.


Check Out Christine Ristaino's Story. VoyageATL April 26, 2023. 

Like Prince Harry, Survivors of Family Sexual Assault Know What it's Like to Cope With Family After Public Truth-Telling, Ms. Magazine January 28 2023.

What We Owe Sexual Assault Survivors, Visible Magazine January 25, 2023.

Dear Americans Who Have Been Raped, Sexually Abused, Assaulted, Oppressed, Or Sexually Harassed Visible Magazine November 8, 2022.

Elezioni midterm 2022, docente italo-americana: "temo violenze in Georgia" adnkronos, November 8, 2022.

Episode 12: Dante Ascends Over "Under the Silver Lake" The Post Relevant Podcast, April 21, 2022.


Episode 11: Dante Descends "Under The Silver Lake" The Post Relevant Podcast, April 13, 2022.


Chance Encounters, Episode 3, Creativity+ June 16, 2022.


Christine Ristaino Author of All the Silent Spaces - The Best Leader Books! Compendium Podcast, October 18, 2021.


Trauma as Part of the Story The Write Review: World Connection, August 9, 2021.


To Know Yourself as a Leader, Share Yourself Reworked, June 23, 2021.

Let's Go Italy Welcome to the Art Shed, May 23, 2021.

Pandemic Noodles! Welcome to the Art Shed, March 21, 2021.


Add Yourself to Your List of Friends--Christine, 53 Kuel Life: The Collective Power of Women, November 1, 2020.

IRDA Winning Author Christine Ristaino "Changing the World Motivates Me IndieReader Website , August 18, 2020.


Navigating Trauma At the Table with Audrey Galex, July-August, 2020.

Pandemic Noodles: Reflecting on Family Connections and Cultural Heritage Through Cooking by Lu Zhao in SupChina, August 13, 2020.

Christine Ristaino: Healing After Sexual Violence and an Assault Taking the Helm Podcast with Lynn McLaughlin

Community Cooks: At Emory, East Meets West with Pandemic Cookbook by Bob Townsend in the AJC, July 21, 2020.


How to Listen to Each Other with Christine Ristaino Dare to be Authentic with Mari Mitchell, July 15, 2020. 


Episode 4 // Home Lives in Me Where is Home? with Mary Yuan, July 10, 2020.


Christine Ristaino  Stories That Empower with Sean Farjadi, June 25, 2020.

All Hands on Deck: Transitioning Emory College to Remote Learning Emory Report by Mary Loftus, April 7, 2020.


All the Silent Spaces  The Women Are Worthy Show with Jacqlyn Charles, March 30, 2020.

Monsters, Saints, and the Space in Between: Changing How We Talk about Violence and Trauma  First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, March 22, 2020.


International Women's Day Panel Writers of the World, March 8, 2020.

Talking about Traumatic Events with Christine Ristaino The Jesse Tee Show with Jesse Tee, February 20, 2020.


Living a Full and Happy Life After a Traumatic Experience - With Christine Ristaino Bottom Line Advocator,  January 16, 2020


An Interview with Christine Ristaino Business Minutes Podcast with Joshua, December 18, 2019.


Episode 21: Christine Ristaino, A Powerful Voice Against Violence and Discrimination The Woman of Value Podcast with Sandy Weiner, November 28, 2019.


Episode 2.1: Frozen with Christine Ristaino Once Upon a Patriarchy with Shannan Palma and Wanda Swan, October 18, 2019.


Emory University Lecturer on Her New Memoir ‘All the Silent Spaces’ Closer Look with Rose Scott, WABE 90.5, October 10, 2019.

 WABE 90.1, October 11, 2019.

MyNDTALK Women's WEDNESDAY Christine Ristaino All the Silent Spaces MyNDTALK with Pamela Brewer, September 18, 2019.

Abuse, Trauma, Rape, Molestation, Assault Recovery - Author Christine Ristaino Make Life Happen with Dr Carol Francis, September 16, 2019.


Writing About Trauma Writers of the World Video Discussion Panels, July 25, 2019.


Overcoming Gatekeepers When Bringing a Memoir to Market She Writes, July 17, 2019.

Ted with Special Guest Christine Ristaino Talk with Ted - A Show About Nothing with Ted McBride, KTALK Utah 1640 AM, July 9, 2019.


Christine Ristaino Video Interview Writer of the Week, March 18, 2019.


International Women's Day Panel Writers of the World Series, March 8, 2019.


Christine Ristaino -- Overcoming Violence Empowered Women Writing Blog, December 7, 2018.

Women's March on Roanoke 2018: Christine Ristaino Women's March on Roanoke.  Strong Women. Strong America, January 20, 2018.

Even Seizures Can't Slow This Sixth-Grader: 'Nothing Can Stop Me!'  StoryCorps,  February 12, 2016.

The Cosby Phenomenon and What to Do About It  The Huffington Post,  December 22, 2015.

Domain of One's Own:  Following Student Interests  Emory Writing Program, April 30, 2015.

Emory Scholars:  Scholarship and Service Program (SAS) Summer Program Emory University, February 3, 2015.

Should You Talk To Your Kids About The Child Migrants coming to the US? Take Two,  July 31, 2014.

Having Difficult Conversations With Your Children    Pacific Standard,  July 30, 2014.

Challenge White Silence   Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 3, 2014.

When Nice Guys Behave Like Monsters   She the People / The Washington Post, April 11, 2014.

PANDAS:  Our Own Personal Snowpocalpyse   The Huffington Post, February 18, 2014.

8 Tips For Parents Who Have Children With ADHD   The Huffington Post, January 27, 2014.

Just Listening is What turns a victim Into a Survivor   The Guardian, October 21, 2013.

Madeleine Smith and Christine Ristaino StoryCorps,  August 6, 2013.

How We Learn and the Waller Scholars How We Learn at Emory University, June 12, 2010.

Finding My Voice  Transforming Community Project:  Recovering Our Past, Building Our Future, February 4, 2010.

Changing The Conversation on Race, Violence   Emory Report, December 7, 2009.

On the Cusp of an Important Election   NPR:  This I Believe, August 6, 2008.

Get In Touch

If you have questions about my book, please email me or contact Leadership Books regarding speaking engagements. Thank you so much! Christine


March 22, 2020 from 11:30-12:30pm Guest Speaker

First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta

470 Candler Park Drive, NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

January 26, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm: Book talk and Signing

Tall Tales Books

2105 Lavista Road #108

Atlanta, GA 30329

January 25, 2020 from 8:00-9:30pm Guest Speaker

Secluded Georgia World Premiere

Emory Conference Center Hotel Theater

1615 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

December 20, 2019 at 6:30pm with book signing at 8:00pm: Talk and Signing as a special guest (with Ryan Manley) at Porsha Olayiwola's event in celebration of her new book of poetry I Shimmer Sometimes. Too

The Book Worm Bookstore

4451 Marietta Street

Powder Springs, GA 30127


November 2, 2019 from 12:00-2:00pm: Book signing

Half Price Books Decatur

2615 N. Decatur Rd,

Decatur, GA 30033

October 12, 2019 from 11-1pm: Book signing

Posman Books

Ponce City Market

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE C197, Atlanta, GA 30308

October 10, 2019 at 1pm: Live interview with Rose Scott

 Closer Look

90.1 WABE, NPR.

September 24, 2019 from 6-7pm: Book reading and signing

Faculty Conversation Series, Emory University Barnes & Noble Bookstore

1390 Oxford Road

Atlanta, GA 30322

September 13, 2019 from 10-5:00pm: Book signing

Fulton County Employees' Association, 2019 Author's Book Fair and Signing

Fulton County Government Center Atrium at 141 Pryor St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303


September 8, 2019 from 3:00-4:00pm: Talk and book signing

A Cappella Books

208 Haralson Ave NE
Atlanta GA 30307

August 31, 2019 from 4:00-5:00pm: Book signing

at the Emory University table, The AJC Decatur Book Festival

Decatur, GA  30031

August 31, 2019 from 2:30-3:30pm: Book signing

at the Eagle Eye Book Shop table, The AJC Decatur Book Festival

Decatur, GA  30031

August 31, 2019 from 1:45-2:30pm: Book panel

Treasures in Earthen Vessels, The AJC Decatur Book Festival

Decatur, GA  30031

July 4, 2019 from 4-9pm: Book Signing

The Book Worm Bookstore
4451 Marietta Street
Powder Springs, GA 30127

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