During the pandemic, health officials and politicians can help us stay alive, but we need writers and philosophers to help us live. Ray Robertson’s newest book, How to Die: A Book About Being Alive makes the argument that we can’t be truly fulfilled until we think about and reckon with death.

When his first novel, Home Movies, was accepted while he was enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts program, Ray Robertson says: “I went from old student to young novelist in one trip to the mailbox.”   Ray Robertson is the author of 13 books including Home Movies, 1979 A Novel, Lives of Poets, and most recently, How to Die: A Book About Being Alive. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, he now lives in Toronto.

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