Join us at Monarch Tavern as we launch the newest book from Ray Robertson and the spiritual sequel to the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction nominated “Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live”: HOW TO DIE: A BOOK ABOUT BEING ALIVE!
About HOW TO DIE:
A radical revaluation of how contemporary society perceives death—and a literary tourist’s argument for how it can make us happy.
“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in HOW TO DIE, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge, arguing that the active and intentional consideration of death is essential to our ability to value life. An absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death and a self-help book for people who hate self-help, HOW TO DIE is an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live meaningfully
About Ray Robertson:
Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, David, I Was There The Night He Died, and 1979 as well as the non-fiction collections Lives of the Poets (with Guitars), Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, he lives in Toronto.
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