Date & Time
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Devorah Medwin and Caren Martineau
The Art of Dying Institute presents:
A unique learning experience with the goal of creating and supporting a community ready to embrace end of life with intelligence, warmth, and humor. The Long Before The End Book Group is a moderated discussion gathering where members explore death as the protagonist, minor actor, or overarching plotline in contemporary fictional narratives. We do not read “how to die” books, but rather, how to live, long before the end.
Some of the benefits of joining us:
- Lively discussions help readers gain insight into the value of living a richer life
- Exploring impermanence through storytelling is a valuable, lifelong learning tool
- Engaging in a group dynamic fosters personal growth
- Sharing experiences supports and strengthens one’s death literacy
The Long Before The End Book Club at the NY Open Center will meet four times per year, once per quarter.
This month’s featured book is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss, a tale that leads into the very heart of darkness and then shows us what lies on the other side.
Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a pharmaceutical company, is sent to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug. Nothing about the assignment is easy: not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina’s research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the jungle in hopes of finding Dr. Swenson as well as answers to troubling questions about her friend’s death, the state of her company’s future, and her own past.
Once found, Dr. Swenson, now in her seventies, remains as ruthless and uncompromising as she was in her earlier days at Johns Hopkins. With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones she asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina.
This event is co-presented by Bevival a content and community platform where people can transform their relationship with aging and the end of life. Bevival creates and produces death literacy workshops, events, podcasts, book group chapters, and educational programming.
An Evening Event
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Members Free/ Nonmembers $10
Additional book group date:
The Long Before the End Book Group
New York Open Center
Caren Martineau is the founder and CEO of Bevival.com, a groundbreaking death literacy content and community platform. As a mission-driven branding pioneer, big-picture strategist, and entrepreneur, Caren has never been one to shy away from uncomfortable or taboo conversations. After decades of leading go-to-market initiatives and culture adoption programs for Fortune 1000 clients in the entertainment, fashion and CPG sectors, Caren is now using her experience to change the aging and dying experience. Caren is also a respected advisor, speaker and mentor who has served on non-profit Boards, and has taught Entrepreneurial Thinking to engineers, design students and other start-up entrepreneurs.
Photo by Donna Bassin
Devorah Medwin, book group moderator and Bevival.com contributor. For over 20 years, Devorah Medwin has been immersed in the field of life and end of life as patient, caregiver, and professional practitioner. She is a trained hospice volunteer, certified in peer & relationship health, and a holistic healer who creates moving, memorable ceremonies, rituals, workshops and individual guided sessions. Devorah is a master’s degree Candidate at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a graduate of the Art of Dying Institute. She holds a master’s degree in Playwriting from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a member of the National Association of Drama Therapists and The Dramatist Guild.
Photo by Donna Bassin