Sallie Tisdale with David Shields
Portland writer Sallie Tisdale, author of several noted non-fiction works (from Talk Dirty to Me to Stepping Westward), brings to bear her practiced writer’s eye, her years of work as a palliative-care nurse, her Buddhist practice, and more in her new book, Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying (Touchstone). She is joined here tonight in conversation with Seattle writer David Shields, who has also addressed mortality in his work, and of Advice for Future Corpses writes, “Sallie Tisdale’s elegantly understated new book pretends to be a user’s guide when in fact it’s a profound meditation. It also pretends to be about how to die. Actually, it’s about how to live.”
“Tisdale, a former nurse, offers an intimate insider’s look at dying, aimed at both caregivers and mortally ill people. By turns philosophical and pragmatic, Tisdale gently prods readers to make plans while they can . . . Tisdale’s forthright narrative voice, charmingly bossy in style (“Be very careful about odors.... You don’t want to be the most nauseating thing that happens in the day”), is so generous and kind in spirit that readers will gladly follow along.” —Publishers Weekly.