Brandy SchillaceBrandy Schillace, research associate and public engagement fellow at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, will read from her latest book Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Powell and Lowman rooms of the Allen Memorial Medical Library.

Her book, Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living, looks at what we can learn from the diverse ways in which people deal with mortality across time and place. Some of the stories are strikingly unfamiliar, whether “death cafes” in India or the mourning practices in Cambodia. Others, like Victoria “momento-mori” photography, are more familiar than one might think—but all reveal something about the present, and about ourselves.

Books will be available for sale, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to jennifer.nieves@case.edu or 216.368.3648.