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Author Talk: Brad Warner-Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen

2019-10-12 11:00:00 2019-10-12 13:00:00 America/New_York Author Talk: Brad Warner-Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen Highland Square Branch Library

Saturday, October 12
11:00am - 1:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-10-12 11:00:00 2019-10-12 13:00:00 America/New_York Author Talk: Brad Warner-Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen Brad will present and discuss a new letter to his friend Marky written specifically for the Highland Square Branch Library. This will be recorded for an upcoming episode of his new podcast. Highland Square Branch Library

Brad will present and discuss a new letter to his friend Marky written specifically for the Highland Square Branch Library. This will be recorded for an upcoming episode of his new podcast.

Akron-native Brad Warner’s latest book Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen tells the story of the night when Brad learns that his childhood friend Marky has died. Brad is about to speak to a group of Zen students in Hamburg, Germany and it’s the last thing he feels like doing. Instead, he wants to tell his friend everything he never said, to explain Zen “to those who don’t understand what I do for a living or why I care about this crazy philosophy and this weird meditation practice I do every day.” So, as he continues his teaching tour through Europe, he writes to his friend as he wishes he had spoken. Simply and humorously, he reflects on why Zen provided him a lifeline in a difficult world. He explores grief, attachment, and the afterlife. He tells Marky, “I’m not interested in Buddhism, I’m interested in what is true,” and then proceeds to poke and prod at that truth. The result for readers is a singular and winning meditation on Zen, a unique tribute to both a life lost and to the one Warner has found.

Brad will present an exclusive new letter to his friend Marky written specifically for the Highland Square Library.  After reading the letter, he will lead an audience discussion.

This discussion will be recorded for an upcoming episode of his new podcast, also called Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen.  A book signing will follow the presentation, with copies available for purchase.

  

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Special Events | Books & Writing |

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Highland Square Branch Library

highlandsquare@akronlibrary.org
Phone: 330.376.2927
Branch Manager
Fred Baerkircher

Hours
Mon, Jun 01 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jun 02 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jun 03 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jun 04 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jun 05 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jun 06 10:00AM to 5:00PM
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About the library

The Highland Square community is one of festivals, celebrations, eclectic shopping and dining experiences, and diverse citizenry, from seniors and families with young children to artists and college students and educators. The Highland Square Branch Library is a reflection of this vibrant neighborhood, with a collection that includes rich resources in Holocaust and LGBTQIA (GLS) studies, among many, and a programming schedule that includes writing workshops and opportunities to meet local authors, book discussions, film marathons, art studio experiences for young people, and much more.


Reference assistance, computers and computer classes, WiFi, copiers, scanning, and faxing round out the services provided within the library. The full scope of community participation, however, is seen in local senior care facilities, local schools and preschools, the area farmer's market, and neighborhood festivals where Highland Square Branch Library staff plays an active role in creating experiences for participants of all ages. Visit us soon on the Square.

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