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Authors! with Sebastian Junger

2024-06-20 19:00:00 2024-06-20 20:00:00 America/New_York Authors! with Sebastian Junger Join us for Authors! with Sebastian Junger to hear how a near-fatal health emergency led to this powerful reflection on death - and what might follow. Main Library - McMaster Center and Lobby

Thursday, June 20
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-06-20 19:00:00 2024-06-20 20:00:00 America/New_York Authors! with Sebastian Junger Join us for Authors! with Sebastian Junger to hear how a near-fatal health emergency led to this powerful reflection on death - and what might follow. Main Library - McMaster Center and Lobby

Main Library

McMaster Center and Lobby

Join us for Authors! with Sebastian Junger to hear how a near-fatal health emergency led to this powerful reflection on death - and what might follow.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

A near-fatal health emergency leads to this powerful reflection on death—and what might follow—by the bestselling author of Tribe and The Perfect Storm.

For years as an award-winning war reporter, Sebastian Junger traveled to many front lines and frequently put his life at risk. And yet the closest he ever came to death was the summer of 2020 while spending a quiet afternoon at the New England home he shared with his wife and two young children. Crippled by abdominal pain, Junger was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Once there, he began slipping away. As blackness encroached, he was visited by his dead father, inviting Junger to join him. “It’s okay,” his father said. “There’s nothing to be scared of. I’ll take care of you.” That was the last thing Junger remembered until he came to the next day when he was told he had suffered a ruptured aneurysm that he should not have survived.

This experience spurred Junger—a confirmed atheist raised by his physicist father to respect the empirical—to undertake a scientific, philosophical, and deeply personal examination of mortality and what happens after we die. How do we begin to process the brutal fact that any of us might perish unexpectedly on what begins as an ordinary day? How do we grapple with phenomena that science may be unable to explain? And what happens to a person, emotionally and spiritually, when forced to reckon with such existential questions?

In My Time of Dying is part medical drama, part searing autobiography, and part rational inquiry into the ultimate unknowable mystery.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Sebastian Junger is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of THE PERFECT STORM, FIRE, A DEATH IN BELMONT, WAR, TRIBE, FREEDOM and IN MY TIME OF DYING.   As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world, and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film "Restrepo", a feature-length documentary (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.   

Sebastian Junger is the founder and director of Vets Town Hall.

Junger has also written for magazines including Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside and Men's Journal. His reporting on Afghanistan in 2000, profiling Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was assassinated just days before 9/11, became the subject of the National Geographic documentary "Into the Forbidden Zone," and introduced America to the Afghan resistance fighting the Taliban. 

He lives in New York City and Cape Cod.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

At each program, authors speak for about forty-five minutes, followed by a short question and answer session. A hardcover copy of the book is included with the purchase of your ticket.

AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Performances/Special Events |

TAGS: | devauthors |

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