DEATH LIT & KNIT
Knitting + Books on Death + Coffee =
1 weirdly perfect evening
DEATH. It will happen to all of us. Let's talk about it.
Or better yet, let's read about it and talk about it while we knit lapghans for hospice patients in wheelchairs.
Imagine the discussion you will have the next day around the water cooler:
"What did you do last night?"
"Oh, you know, the usual... talked about death positive books while knitting lapghans for hospice patients. You?"
*Insert stunned, impressed silence. Walk away smugly smiling to yourself.*
WHERE, WHEN, ETC:
Last Wednesday of the Month (starts April 25)
Commune Cafe, Newburyport, MA | 6 - 8p
Need info? Email Carrie email@example.com
April 25: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
May 30: (please see note below)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (discussion 6 - 7p)
Death (the deluxe edition recommended), Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman (discussion 7 - 8p)
June 27: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson
Note of caution on "Death" by Neil Gaiman: This book touches on some very sensitive topics. As a graphic novel, it doesn't shy away from discussing difficult types of death like suicide, loss of a child, and murder. This book may make you very uncomfortable, which is perhaps the whole point. Reading about death is one thing, seeing it presented in graphic form is another. We voted on this so it stays, but please be warned this book may not be for everyone. Because of this, we have decided to include both books voted on for May. The first hour will be for "Smoke Gets in your Eyes," by Caitlin Doughty and the second hour for "Death," by Neil Gaiman. You can choose to read both or neither. Feel free to stay for the whole book group or only part.
1. You don't have to finish the book to show up.
2. You don't have to knit to show up.
3. All ages are welcome.
4. Please RSVP
5. If you are going to knit a lapghan, please choose soft yarn in blue, white or grey (the colors of Compassus Hospice).
6. First hour is book talk, second hour time to hang and just chat. You can leave when you want. Seriously, no pressure.
7. A vote will be taken at the end of the first hour to decide between two books for the next month.
8. It's never required, but we would appreciate if you would support Commune Cafe (who graciously donated their space) by purchasing a coffee or such.
WHAT IS A LAPGHAN?
A lapghan is a wheelchair-sized lap blanket. Professional rockstar Knitter Alison Green has graciously creating these two patterns for the cause (you are also welcome to use your own pattern):
LAPGHAN PATTERN FOR KNITTING
LAPGHAN PATTERN FOR CROCHET (coming soon)
ARE YOU A DEATH POSITIVE BADASS WHO WANTS TO START YOUR OWN DEATH LIT & KNIT IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let's be death positive together.
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