Alix Strauss, Death Becomes Them Q&A Event
A media savvy social satirist, Alix has been a featured lifestyle and trend writer on national morning and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, and most recently, The Today Show. Her articles, which have appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Self, Esquire, and Departures (among others), cover a range of topics from trends in beauty, travel, and food to celebrity interviews. She is the author of the award winning short story collection, The Joy of Funerals (St. Martin's Press), and the editor of Have I Got a Guy for You (Adams Media), an anthology of mother coordinated dating horror stories. Her latest book, Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious was released in 2009 by Harper Collins and has been optioned as a television show by a well known producer. Based Upon Availability, her second novel, is due to be released in June of 2010 (Harper Collins).
The Joy of Funerals won the Ingram Award, and was named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident. Alix's essays have been anthologized - most recently in Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish... The Heeb Storytelling Collection. Her short fiction has appeared in the Primavera Literary Journal, Hampton Shorts Literary Journal, The Idaho Review, Quality Women's Fiction, The Blue Moon Café III, and A Kudzu Christmas. Her short story, “Shrinking Away”, won the David Dornstein Creative Writing Award. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships from programs such as the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Skidmore College Writer's Institute, the Sarah Lawrence Summer Program, and the Squaw Valley's Screenwriters' Summer Program.
Alix lectures extensively, having spoken at over 100 events and symposiums. She was chosen to speak at the National Jewish Book Festival, and is on the National Speakers Bureau for Israeli Bonds. In addition, she has spoken at numerous conferences and panels including: The Southern Festival of Books, The Northwest Bookfest, The New England's Writer's Conference, Wesleyan Writer's conference, The 92nd Street Y, NYU, Center For Communications, Mediabistro, Columbia University, among others. She hosted a monthly event at Makor called Word of Mouth Thursdays, featuring readings of personal essays, works in-progress, and novel excerpts.
Alix received a degree in Educational Theater from NYU, and has taught Fiction, Creative Writing, Personal Essays, and Writing for Magazines for the past fifteen years.
The Joy of Funerals
Based on her novel by the same name, Alix discusses how our lives are interwoven; about our need to connect to each other; and why we meet people at certain times in our lives...how life is like a puzzle that we are always trying to put together.
Death Becomes Them
Based on her book, Death Becomes Them; Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous and the Notorious, Alix tackles the tough issues of addiction, loss, mental illness, and some of today's most talked about subjects - anti-bullying and anti-suicide.
Have I got a Guy for You: What Really Happens When Mom Fixes You Up
A light-hearted look at relationships between the sexes AND between mothers and daughters. You will "hear" yourself in this talk and learn along the way.
Additional Keynote Topics:
- Pop Culture
- Social Satire
- The Journalistic Process
“This is the classic read-it-in-one-big-gulp book. Or spend several days at the beach with it; compelling from first page to last – edgy, moving, human.”
Beverly Hills Outlook
"In whatever way Alix Strauss has come to know this pain, her pen may just help you recognize some of your own with an eye toward making things better. The book’s subtitle is ‘A Novel in Stories.’ Notice the world ‘love’ in novel, for that’s what you may feel after reading this very fine book.”
“Die-hard fans of Six Feet Under will go crazy for this kooky collection of short stories about nine women dealing with love and death…you can’t help but keep turning the pages.”
“The desire for human connection runs throughout Alix Straus’ dark and spirited novel, The Joy of Funerals.
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