We are so pleased to partner with Illinois Libraries Present, as they host an evening with bestselling author, mortician, and advocate for death acceptance, Caitlin Doughty! This program is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE to register.
Hailed by The New York Times as "a relentlessly curious and chipper tour guide to the underworld,” Caitlin Doughty will join Illinois Libraries Present to discuss reform of Western funeral industry practices and much more with conversation partner, Mark Bazer.
Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, advocate, and bête noire of the traditional funeral industry. Her educational webseries "Ask a Mortician" has been viewed almost 250 million times, and her three books, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, From Here to Eternity, and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, were all New York Times bestsellers. She founded a Los Angeles funeral home as well as the funeral reform collective The Order of the Good Death, which spawned the death positive movement.
Mark Bazer is host and creator of “The Interview Show,” a talk show in a bar. Aired on Chicago's PBS station, WTTW, and filmed at The Hideout, it features conversations as substantive as they are entertaining.
This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility.
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New York Times Bestseller
Winner of a Goodreads Choice Award
“Funny, dark, and at times stunningly existential.” —Marianne Eloise, Guardian
A New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller
“Doughty chronicles [death] practices with tenderheartedness, a technician’s fascination, and an unsentimental respect for grief.” —Jill Lepore, The New Yorker
"Morbid and illuminating" (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession.