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LAURIE KILMARTIN discusses her new book DEAD PEOPLE SUCK

Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed (Rodale Books)

When stand-up comedian Laurie Kilmartin learned her dad was dying, she responded in the only way she knew how: with humor. In 2014, she made headlines by live tweeting her father’s time in hospice, bringing a touch of lightness to the devastating experience of losing her dad. Picked up by outlets like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and Today.com, Kilmartin’s hilarious tweets took the world by storm, and revealed the need for a comic interpretation of grief.

Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed, is an honest, irreverent, laugh-out- loud guide to coping with death and dying. Filled with relatable anecdotes and practical advice, Kilmartin voices all of the insensitive things you may have thought about your dying loved one, or wanted to scream at a well-meaning friend, but didn’t. She also brings heart and humor to a topic that is too often met with solemnity and silence, despite being as complicated, messy, and emotional as any other part of our human experience.

If you are old and about to die, sick and about to die, or with a loved one who is about to pass away or who has passed away, then Dead People Suck has something for you. With chapters like “Are You An Old Man With Daughters? Please Shred Your Porn,” “The First Time You Tell a Telemarketer, ‘She Can’t Come to the Phone Right Now Because She is Dead’,” and “Unsubscribing Your Dead Parent from Tea Party Emails,” Kilmartin guides you through some of life’s most complicated moments with equal parts heart and sarcasm. You’ll also learn key tips on funeral preparation, the only acceptable condolences, and how to clean out your loved one’s full garage.

For grievers, the dying, or bystanders, Dead People Suck is a new way to navigate life’s most complicated moments with a sense of humor and perspective.

Praise for Dead People Suck

“Dead People Suck but this guide absolutely doesn’t. I’ve never read something so cynical that’s also so life-affirming.”—Patton Oswalt, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of Silver Screen Fiend and Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy Award-nominated writer for Conan and the cohost of The Jackie and Laurie Show. As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared on Conan, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.

Event date: 
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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