Thursday, April 9th at 7 p.m.
Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying, will be our featured speaker.
Here are a few things Michael Paterniti does in Love And Other Ways Of Dying: drive across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container; eat François Mitterrand’s last meal (including the little songbird) in a rustic dining room in France; pick apples (and face mortality) with a real-life, eight-foot giant in the remote Ukrainian countryside; confront a distraught jumper on a “suicide bridge” in Nanjing, China and witness, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor in Dodge City, Kansas. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan— and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love.
About the Author
Michael Paterniti is a journalist, an essayist, and the bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert and The Telling Room, named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. Nominated for the National Magazine Award eight times, he is also the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center (www.tellingroom.org) in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and their three children.
Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).