Public Lecture: Leah Kaminsky on her best-selling book WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE
A free event.
A joyful book about the necessity of celebrating life in the face of death, supported by a non/fictionLab Mccraith House Writer’s Residency.
We instinctively fear death, and talking about the reality of our own mortality is one of the last taboos in Western culture. Even as we readily dissect relationships in public, discuss our most intimate fantasies in chat rooms and at the hairdresser, and flaunt our sexuality at parties and on YouTube, there is a strong reluctance and aversion to confront death head-on and accept that the one thing we have in common is that we are all going to die. Leah Kaminsky has been confronted with the business of death on a daily basis in her line of work as a doctor, but it is as a writer she has explored her own fear of dying. Acknowledging that we are going to die leads us to ask that most vital of questions: How do we want to live?
Leah Kaminsky, a physician and award-winning writer, is Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her debut novel The Waiting Room was published by Vintage in 2015 and will be released by Harper Perennial US in 2016. We’re All Going to Die was published by Harper Collins in June 2016. “Required reading for anyone who plans to die.” Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff. “Everyone dies, and so I highly recommend Leah Kaminsky’s sensitive and at times irreverent book about death” Sandeep Jauhar, New York Times bestselling author of Doctored and Intern.
Monday 8 August, 7.00pm–8.00pm
RMIT Building 80 Level 9, Room 12, 445 Swanston St Melbourne
A free event