Avid Bookshop presents Kate Sweeney for American Afterlife published by University of Georgia Press. This event will be on Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. There is no admission charge.
American Afterlife is journalistic nonfiction about real people who find themselves involved with death and memorialization. The book visits a "green," or eco-friendly cemetery, a contemporary memorial photographer, a third-generation funeral director, a woman tending a roadside memorial for her daughter--and other people making choices about how to remember their dead. Once Sweeney started this journey, she started to wonder how we got here as a culture, and so she investigated our Victorian forebears, who really invented the way we "do" death in this country. Sweeney ended up researching and writing for more than three years, and the resulting book is a rather powerful tale of death in the US--one that is usually hidden from our everyday lives until it happens to us. The results is by turns odd, poignant, and very funny.
Kate Sweeney lives in Atlanta where she writes and creates public radio stories. While pursuing her MFA at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she spent time with obit writers, funeral directors and ordinary Americans who found themselves involved with death and memorialization. The resulting popular nonfiction book is American Afterlife, published by University of Georgia Press. Kate’s radio stories appear regularly on Atlanta’s NPR station, WABE 90.1 FM, and she has won three Edward R. Murrow awards as well as a number of Associated Press awards for her work. Her writing has appeared in Oxford American, Utne Reader Online, as well as Atlanta Magazine and New South, among other outlets. She is curator of the popular bimonthly non-fiction reading series, True Story, which Atlanta Magazine voted a Best Literary Event of 2012