BOOKS: Obituary writer Heather Lende talks about living a meaningful life

As the obituary writer in tiny Haines, Alaska, Heather Lende knows something about lives well-lived. Now she has distilled what she has learned about living a more exhilarating and meaningful life into three words: “Find the Good,” the title of her newest book, which she will discuss at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Drawing on her own experiences and her skill uncovering the positive aspects of the lives she chronicles, she shows how to look at relationships, obligations, priorities, community and the world from a fresh perspective. As she says, “We are all writing our own obituary every day by how we live. The best news is that there’s still time for additions and revisions before it goes to press.”

Lende has contributed essays and commentary to NPR, the New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler, among other newspapers and magazines, and is a former contributing editor at Woman’s Day. A columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, she writes obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News. Her other books are “If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name” and “Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs.”

More on the author: heatherlende.com.