A Better Way of Death Explored by Investigative Journalist Katy Butler, Nov. 12

1.jpegWriters at Sonoma presents a second event of the fall semester with prize-winning writer Katy Butler at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Weill Hall. Butler's work often combines memoir and investigative reporting. She came to widespread national attention in 2010 when her essay, "What Broke My Father's Heart: How a Pacemaker Wrecked Our Family's Life," was published in 2010 in the New York Times Magazine.

A "most emailed" story for many days, it ignited an Internet firestorm among baby boomers caring for aging parents, many of them taken by its provocative thesis that advanced medicine, in its quest for maximum longevity, is amplifying suffering near the end of life.

She was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2004, and has received top national journalism prizes and honors from the National Association of Science Writers, the Association of Health Care Journalists, Mental Health America, and other organizations.

Her new book is entitled Knocking On Heaven's Door: Our Parents, Their Doctors, and a Better Way of Death (Scribner, September 2013.)

These readings and talks are made possible by Instructionally Related Activities, the Nadenia Newkirk Foundation for Writers, and SSU's two literary magazines, Zaum and Volt.

For further information, contact Gillian Conoley, Professor of Creative Writing, (707) 664-3919, gillian.conoley@sonoma.edu.

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