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    April 04, 2017

    WRITERS ON A NEW ENGLAND STAGE presents

    Bestselling author and NPR host

     

    DIANE REHM
    with

    ON MY OWN

    A Washington Post “Book of the Year,”

    just released in paperback

     

    Thursday, May 2, 7:00pm

     

    “Clear, moving and completely honest. . . Diane Rehm speaks passionately and courageously about issues that concern us all.”The Washington Post

     

    “Rehm doesn’t have all the answers, nor does she pretend to. What she does have, as always, is a flurry of important questions, perfectly considered and potently posed.”—USA Today

    For images, please see: https://goo.gl/photos/fbRE3RmTWmPvY5xN8

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Tuesday, April 4 - On Tuesday, May 2, Diane Rehm will take the stage to discuss her bestselling memoir, ON MY OWN. In this eloquent, deeply personal, and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks about the death of her husband, the struggle to reconstruct her life, and her new mission advocating for increased conversation about end-of-life care and the right to die on one’s own terms.

    The 7pm event includes a brief author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” It will be held at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater at 28 Chestnut Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each ticket purchased will include a discounted, autographed paperback edition of Diane Rehm’s bestseller ON MY OWN, her fourth autobiographical book.

    “In this intimate and thought-provoking memoir about the last years of her husband’s life, Diane Rehm bravely and honestly looks at today’s right-to-die laws, and she questions them,” said Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer of Writers on a New England Stage. “Her work encourages all of us to examine not just the lives of those we love, but  also our own lives. We are looking forward to the insights of this beloved radio host, author, and advocate.”

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Diane Rehm’s husband, John, was 74 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Nine years later, he passed away, having made the difficult choice to end his extended illness by refusing to eat, drink, or accept medication. In ON MY OWN, Diane advocates for the “right to die” movement that is all too slowly gaining ground in our country, as well as giving readers a poignant look at the immediate aftermath of losing a spouse. As she copes with the inevitable practical issues and, more importantly, with the profoundly emotional ones, she lends her voice to those who are also dealing with recent bereavement and struggling to create a new reality while still honoring the past.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Diane Rehm hosted The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C.—distributed by NPR—from 1979 to 2016, when it had a weekly listening audience of two and a half million. She lives in Washington, D.C.

     

    TICKETS

    Tickets for Writers on a New England Stage: Diane Rehm on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:00pm are $26 ($24 for members) and include a discounted, autographed copy of her book ON MY OWN (paperback). Tickets can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

     

    About Writers on a New England Stage

    Each literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music is performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Shows are rebroadcast on New Hampshire  Public Radio.

     

    Writers on a New England Stage is a partnership Between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio

     

    Presenting Sponsors:  The University of New Hampshire; Kennebunk Savings

    Series Sponsor:  Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service

    Media Sponsor:  Yankee Magazine

     

    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa, Realtors; Portwalk Place; the River House restaurant

    Contributing Partner: University of New Hampshire


    About The Music Hall

    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program; the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

     

    Web: www.TheMusicHall.org  | Twitter: @MusicHall | Facebook: /musichall |

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    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene” - Yankee Magazine

     

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” -  Boston Globe



     

    For more information, contact:

    Margaret Talcott, Producer

    The Music Hall                                                                            

    mtalcott@themusichall.org

    603-433-3100x5013

    or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer

    plynch@themusichall.org


    PRAISE for ON MY OWN

    “Rehm doesn’t have all the answers, nor does she pretend to. What she does have, as always, is a flurry of important questions, perfectly considered and potently posed.”—USA Today

     

    “Important. . . poignant.”—Miami Herald

     

    “A plainspoken. . . passionate account. . . of [Rehm’s] journey through the first year of widowhood. . . Eschewing self-help clichés. . . Rehm offers a meticulous narrative of her personal struggle to come to terms with a profound loss.”—BookPage

     

    “Will invite comparisons to Joan Didion’s own memoir of loss, The Year of Magical Thinking.”—The Guardian (London)

     

    “[A] clearheaded yet emotional call for national right-to-die laws.” —The Washington City Paper

     

    “A deeply heartfelt and thoughtfully account. . . Rehm writes candidly about her husband’s decision to die when Parkinson’s disease had deprived him of the ability to ‘in any way care for himself on his own’. . . Clear, moving and completely honest. . . Diane Rehm has again found her voice, and, as she has always done, she speaks passionately and courageously about issues that concern us all.”—Reeve Lindberg, Washington Post

     

    “Rehm writes eloquently about the changing landscape of grief, not only her own  story? sorrow? but that of friends.”—The Kansas City Star

     

    “Brave and uplifting.”—Kirkus Reviews

     

    “Rehm walks readers through the most recent year of her life, struggling with living alone and figuring out a new identity.”Philadelphia Inquirer

     

    “About her late husband’s battle with Parkinson’s disease and how she rebuilt her life without him after 54 years of marriage. She writes about the practical challenges, emotional pain and her involvement in the right-to-die movement.”Leonard Lopate, WNYC

    Contact:
    Margaret Talcott, Producer
    mtalcott@themusichall.org