“Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, and talking about funerals won’t make you dead.” That’s the title for my talk on the Main Stage at the Southwest Book Fiesta tomorrow, Friday May 10 at 4:00 p.m. The big event takes place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in the east building.
Actually, I won’t be talking about sex, but I will be talking about death and funerals, and how humor helps us deal with this inevitability of life. And I’ll be showing short funny movie and TV clips that illustrate a fractured history of funerals on film.
We’ll go from ancient cave man funerals (History of the World Part I) to the latest trends in cremation and funeral consumer issues (Chaos and Cadavers, Bernie). And don’t miss Liberace as a casket salesman in The Loved One! (“Rayon chafes, you know.”)
In addition to my talk on the Main Stage, if you’re interested in ways to publish, come on out for the panel on publishing at 10:00 a.m. in the Aztec room. It’s titled “Publish or Perish in a Time of Economic Upheaval.” Melody Groves, Loretta Hall and Gail Rubin will talk about different types of publishing and how to decide what’s right for you.
At booth #78, you’ll find me with A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, as well as my earlier award-winning book, A Girl’s Pocket Guide to Trouser Trout: Reflections on Dating and Fly-Fishing. Sex and death – such compelling topics!
We’ll also have the award-winning book The Last Gifts: Creative Ways to Be with the Dying by Occupational Therapist Jillian Brasch. Plus we have the DVD Making Sense of Final Arrangements and Funeral Costs, a how-to primer on researching costs for cremation or burial.
My booth is right near the Ladies’ Room (how convenient). The Southwest Book Fiesta is open Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stop on by when you’re in the neighborhood. After all, when you gotta go, you gotta go!