I was thrilled to be the first visiting author to speak at the brand new Binbrook branch of the Hamilton Public Library. It’s a welcoming, open, and modern space that pays tribute to the agricultural heritage of the community with large sepia toned photo murals on several walls. Toward the back of the building, tucked in behind some stacks, is a place I would make my own if I was a Binbrook library patron. That’s because there’s a fireplace with some comfortable reading chairs.
Librarians Laura Palumbo and Denise Besic flanking author with the closed eyes.
Rather than curl up to read, I followed librarian Denise Besic into the events room. Floor to ceiling windows look out onto the main street with electronic blinds managing the amount of sunlight. The chairs for attendees are modern red pops of colour, and the space for the guest author is the most inviting I have encountered to date.
An inviting set-up.
Binbrook Library was the perfect venue for a talk that combined the back story on how the novel Autumn’s Grace came about, with readings, and discussion. I loved the sensitivity and maturity of the audience; palliative care is a complex subject. I hope they had as fine an afternoon as I had.
The next best thing after publishing a book is having people who admit to reading it! I’m fortunate that librarians at Hamilton Public Library have invited me to talk with their readers. Tomorrow, Thursday February 3rd I will be speaking about the experience of writing a novel that addresses the joys and frustrations of palliative care.
Here’s how it’s billed:
Autumn’s Grace – Reflections on Writing a Family’s Journey Through Palliative Care.
Author and Registered Nurse, Bonnie Lendrum, could have chosen a lighter topic than palliative care for her first novel, but she didn’t.Instead, she chose to write about something that worried her…how we as a society manage end-of-life care. Lendrum will combine readings from Autumns’ Grace with observations on family dynamics, health care policy and practices. Like the novel, the talk will contain hearty doses of courage, humour and hope.
Bonnie Lendrum is the author of Autumn’s Grace, the story of how one family manages the experience of palliative care with hope and humor despite sibling conflicts, generational pulls and career demands.
Tuesday February 16, 2016 at the Hamilton Public Library, Westdale Branch – 2:00 -3:00 p.m.
Author and nurse, Bonnie Lendrum, could have chosen a lighter topic than palliative care for her first novel, but she didn’t. Instead, she chose to write about something that worried her…how we as a society manage end-of-life care. Lendrum will combine readings from Autumns’ Grace with observations on family dynamics, health care policy and practices. Like the novel, the talk will contain hearty doses of courage, humour and hope.
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“In February 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the law prohibiting physician-assisted dying is unconstitutional. As a result, physician-assisted dying will become legal across Canada in the near future.
The Government of Ontario wants input from the public on the implementation of the Supreme Court ruling.
You can share your thoughts and concerns at a public consultation,”1 or via an on-line survey.
Visit www.endoflifeconsultations.com to find a consultation forum in a city near you. The consultations begin on January 6th and end on January 26th .
My godson (a thoughtful, kind and generous young man) has just shared a TED Talk with me. It’s about palliative care and our need to re-think and re-design our approaches to dying …. the systems as well as the bricks and mortar. We need a design that embodies caring, compassion, dignity, and beneficence…a design that celebrates life as we prepare for death.
Join me at 10:30 on Saturday June 20, 2015 at the Dundas Branch of the Hamilton Public Library for reflections on writing Autumn’s Grace and a conversation about how we can begin shifting the way we think about end-of-life care.