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Furnishing Eternity: An Evening with David Giffels

January 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with author David Giffels, and the launch of his new book, Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life

From the acclaimed author of The Hard Way on Purpose, a vibrant, heartfelt memoir about confronting mortality, surviving loss, finding resilience in one’s Midwest roots and seeking a father’s wisdom through an unusual woodworking project—constructing his own coffin.

“Is it possible to write about the death of your mother, the death of your best friend, the coming death of your father and the inevitable death of yourself in a context that’s both honest and lighthearted? Only if you are David Giffels, and only if you also include some practical information about woodworking. This book is like a Randy Newman song.”

     — Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author of But What If We’re Wrong?


About David Giffels

In addition to Furnishing Eternity, his previous books include The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt (Scribner 2014), a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” and nominee for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir All the Way Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008), winner of the Ohioana Book Award.

​Giffels is the coauthor, with Jade Dellinger, of the rock biography Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! and, with Steve Love, Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron.

His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic.com, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, Redbook, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head.

He is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

Copies of the book available for sale and signing courtesy of Joseph Beth Booksellers.

Free and Open to the public.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Call 513-621-0717 OR email reservations@mercantilelibrary.com



January 10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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