Authors Victoria Zackheim and Ellen Sussman will be joined by their peers at Kepler’s on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 pm, reading from Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death. The free event is dedicated to the memory of Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the author and musician who died of breast cancer on May 24 at 7:00 pm.
Goldmark authored And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You and produced the radio show West Coast Live. She also founded the all-author rock back The Rock Bottom Remainders.
Exit Laughing, edited by Zackhmein, is a collection of 24 personal stories that shows how people approach death in different ways. Sussman writes of flying home her mother’s body and watching her mother’s burial wardrobe spill out on the baggage carousel. Goldmark recalls playing the kazoo at Jessica Mitford’s funeral. Collectively, the essays remind readers that laugh-out-loud humor is an appropriate part of death and dying.