Saturday, March 16, 2013
Go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5639271212# for a bit more information and to register.
Return to Obituary Forum for more details to be provided by local host Ron Csillag and his Canadian team.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Thanks to Marilyn Johnson, our supporter and author of The Dead Beat, for suggesting that Eli interview me. Through the Harry Stamps obit that has gone viral, interest in obits is, as they say, trending. His obit and the reaction to it have prompted many follow-up articles and columns on the back story.
I recently gave a talk on family-written death notice and now consider myself ambidextobitrous: I work both sides of the obits street. Hoping to see you all in Toronto.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Martin's book, Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that Changed Canada (House of Anansi Press, September 2012), offers a historical view of Canada through the lives of individuals she had written about. In book length, she accomplishes what cannot be done in a newspaper obituary -- present a fuller context of what she calls "transformative lives." Subjects include Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, and urban theorist Jane Jacobs.
Martin offers "a select history of Canada told through extended obituaries of both the known and the unknown, researched energetically and written graciously," writes Canadian journalist Paula Todd. "Her tone is thoughtful, her scolding scant, and almost all of the transformative Canadians are presented in the context of their own struggles."
Author Ted Barris, a journalism professor at Centennial College in Toronto and a veteran CBC radio contributor, calls Martin "the obit queen of Canada." Working the Dead Beat includes Sandra's reflections on what she has learned from writing obituaries. You can find her discussing the book here and, briefly, here.
Congratulations to Sandra on this important book!
Sunday, March 03, 2013
|Grimmies: SPOW Awards|
These will be SPOW’s first awards following the death beaters’ reorganization hiatus.
SPOW also plans to go ahead with its annual awards - the SPOW Awards, a.k.a. Grimmies - honoring outstanding obit work published in 2011 and 2012. Another post (to be posted shortly) will provide details on that. In the meantime, dig up your obits published in those years for consideration. Outgoing SPOW director Alana Baranick (that would be me) is serving as contest coordinator.
Kay Powell, retired Atlanta Journal Constitution obits editor and winner of several SPOW Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, will handle Lifetime Achievement nominations. More on that soon too.
The SPOW website - www.obitwriters.org - will soon disappear from the Internet. The Obituary Forum blog and the general SPOW email - firstname.lastname@example.org - will serve as the best means for reaching SPOW.
Keep checking back for more SPOW news.
Friday, March 01, 2013
So begins "The Obituary Writer," a new book by Ann Hood. The story focuses on the lives of two women: one is an unhappy housewife living in the early 1960s, the other is an obituary writer living in 1919 and searching for her missing lover.
Described as part-literary mystery and part-love story, "The Obituary Writer" will be released on March 4.