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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
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Scribd HQ | 333 Bush St Fl 24, San Francisco, CA 94104

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What really matters at the end of life? That’s the idea at the center of BJ Miller’s poignant TED Talk, which has been viewed more than 9 million times. Now, he’s expanded on those ideas in his new book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, which he co-wrote with IDEO’s Shoshana Berger.

Join us as Miller—a triple amputee and palliative care doctor—and Berger expand upon what really matters to give us practical advice on how to prepare for the inevitability of death, and make the most of life before that time comes.


  • 6:30PM: Doors open, wine & hors d’oeuvres to be served
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM: ScribdChat with BJ Miller & Shoshana Berger
  • 8:00PM: Book signing

“You know what would be fun today? Reading a book about death,’ said no one ever. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened these pages and found myself smiling on the first one. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger have done something impressive: they’ve written a book about dying that’s not only moving and practical, but also delightful to read.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling co-author of Option B and author of Give and Take and Originals

“I wish I’d had this book when I needed it. But I’m happy that it exists at all because everyone—at some point or another—will need it. At some point in our lives, all of us will either be taking care of a loved one who is dying, or confronting our own mortality. Death and dying are not subjects that many people are comfortable talking about, but it’s hugely important to be as prepared as you can be—emotionally, physically, practically, financially, spiritually. This book may be the most important guide you could have as you face a journey that is all too often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. I’m grateful to BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger for this pragmatic and compassionate offering.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love

BJ Miller, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where he practices and teaches palliative medicine. He has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine and interviewed on Super Soul Sunday, The Tim Ferriss Show, and On Being with Krista Tippett, and has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival and around the world.

Shoshana Berger is the editorial director of the global design firm IDEO and formerly the co-founder and editor-in-chief of ReadyMade magazine. She has written for The New York Times, Wired, Popular Science, SPIN, and Marie Claire. She is the author of ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer.

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Cost: FREE*
*This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Categories: *Top Pick*, Lectures & Workshops, Literature
Venue: Scribd HQ
Address: 333 Bush St Fl 24, San Francisco, CA 94104