Thomas Mira Y Lopez (The Book of Resting Places) and Jessie van Eerden (The Long Weeping) discuss their essays drawing on personal experience, history, mythology, religious tradition, and the landscapes of love and loss.
Why should you attend?
“The Book of Resting Places is Mira y Lopez’s account of his travels, from a cemetery to a crematorium to a cryonics company…. He’s looking for the good death, somewhere, anywhere.” —The New Yorker
”Van Eerden is one of the best essayists working today if judged by her craft and intellect alone, but her gifts go beyond those: she is also one of the most honest. The Long Weeping turns a visionary eye and a laser mind on subjects often simplified or even scorned by contemporary culture: white poverty, mysticism, love of family, the wisdom of modest people. Van Eerden is brave enough to say the hard things. She’s strong enough to love the hard places.” —Ann Pancake, author of Given Ground and Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley
This event is part of the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.