2017 Falmouth Reads Together

We are excited to announce our selections for the 2017 Falmouth Reads Together program!

The Falmouth Reads Together committee has selected Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, MD, and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast as the townwide reading selections for 2017. Both best-selling books are honest, humane explorations of how we approach the end of life for ourselves and our loved ones. Younger readers are invited to read Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord, I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar, and The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner.

Copies of Being Mortal and Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? are available for circulation at every public library branch in Falmouth, courtesy of the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library, as well as at Eight Cousins Bookstore on Main Street.

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is a professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. He also has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers. Roz Chast’s cartoons have been published in many magazines besides the New Yorker, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. She is the author of several best-selling books.

The committee is so pleased to partner with several Falmouth/Cape Cod organizations to promote this important conversation including Neighborhood Falmouth, HopeHealth, the Death Café, and Cape Cod Healthcare’s Quality of Life Management Task Force.

Scheduled events include:

  • February 13, 5 p.m.: In a live video simulcast co-hosted by Neighborhood Falmouth, Being Mortal author Atul Gawande will speak about the value of communities and the opportunities they offer as we grow older. This will be the only opportunity to hear directly from Gawande this year. The presentation will be followed by a Neighborhood Falmouth open house. Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library. This event is free, but registration is required; please contact Susan Loucks at Neighborhood Falmouth at 508-564-7543.
  • February 25, 2 p.m. Hope Hospice will co-host a screening of the one-hour documentary “Being Mortal,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A featuring members of Cape Cod Healthcare’s Quality of LifeManagement Task Force: Ellen McCabe, RN, of Hope Hospice; Tina Soares, RN, from the Visiting Nurse Association; and Dr. Peter Hopewood. Hermann Room, Falmouth Public Library.
  • March 13, 6:30 p.m.: A Death Café will offer the opportunity to meet Falmouth neighbors, eat cake, drink tea, and discuss all aspects of death in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Small group conversations will be group directed and lightly guided by trained Death Cafe facilitators. Its objective is to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Congregational Church in Falmouth Center.

The schedule of events will be updated as more programs are planned.

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