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Modern Loss's inspiring storytelling events are hitting the road

Modern Loss's inspiring storytelling events are hitting the road

MODERN LOSS: CANDID CONVERSATION ABOUT GRIEF. BEGINNERS WELCOME. by Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner is officially released today! 

Featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Refinery 29,  MODERN LOSS is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in our time — when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, intimate posts about loss go viral, and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends.

With their website — and now, with this book — Soffer and Birkner offer the insights of their community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and — above all — empathize. Beginners welcome.


“I am not sure how a book about grief could also be witty and entertaining, but Modern Loss accomplishes just that.” (Mindy Kaling, writer for The Office and author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?)

“Talking about loss can feel scary. This book isn’t. It’s about grieving deeply over the long term, and the reassurance that you’re far from broken because of it. These surprisingly funny and candid stories aren’t about death; they’re about life, and thriving in the face of loss.” (Stephen Colbert)

"Loss is devastating, but this frank and funny book makes it less isolating.I want to give it to everyone I know who is grieving, has grieved, or will grieve. In other words, I want to give it to everyone." (Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money)

 Pick up a copy here



To celebrate the release of MODERN LOSS, join the authors for a book launch event at Powerhouse @ the Archway (28 Adams Street, Brooklyn , NY 11201 in DUMBO) TONIGHT, January 23, from 7-9pm. They will host an evening of provocative storytelling on the complex, gut wrenching, illuminating, and hilarious mess we all know formally as “living with loss.”

Featured storytellers:

  • Emily Rapp Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World
  • Alexandra Silber, actor, singer, and author of After Anatevka
  • Jamie Stelter, traffic anchor, NY1
  • Rachel Ward, podcaster, Gimlet Media
  • More TBA!

To RSVP and for more information about the event, click HERE.  

Or catch MODERN LOSS on tour in a city near you:


February 1, 2018, 7–9 p.m.

LA Launch & Live Storytelling
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood


February 6, 2018, 7–9 p.m.

Rebecca Soffer in conversation
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., New York


February 15, 2018, 7–9 p.m.

The authors in conversation with “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” podcast host Nora McInerny
SubText Books, 6 W 5th St., St Paul


February 28, 2018, 6–7:15 p.m.

The authors in conversation with Anna Sale (“Death, Sex & Money”)
Commonwealth Club, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco
Ticketed event, buy tickets here.


March 1, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
Live Storytelling Event
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera


April 1, 2018 , 7 p.m.
Live Storytelling Event
Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin


April 25, 2018, Time TBA.
A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Ave., NE



May 1, 2018, 7 p.m.
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave.


May 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.

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