Here are some upcoming events for A Good Death.

 The Donner Prize in Public Policy, May 15, 2017

A Good death was shortlisted for this significant prize in public policy in April.

Here’s a link to the announcement:
Donner Prize 

The J.W. Dafoe Book Prize, May 2017

A Good Death was shortlisted for this prestigious history prize in March.  I am delighted to be in such good company. Fingers crossed.

Here’s a link to the announcement:
Dafoe Prize

April, 2017

The paperback of A Good Death will be published.  I have updated the first chapter and added a new one, “So Close and Yet So Far,” in which I write about the government’s Medical Assistance in Dying law, why it fails to comply with the Supreme Court decision in Carter, and what needs to be changed in the best interests of patients.  We still have a long way to go in ensuring our final human right:  choice in the way we die.


FeB 1, 2017

I was invited to give the Pelham Edgar memorial lecture at Victoria College at the University of Totonto. Here’s a link:

Pelham Edgar Lecture

Jan. 26, 2017

The BC National Prize for Non-Fiction

A Good Death was one of four finalists for this prestigious national prize.  I was thrilled to be in such good company and delighted to win the prize.


Here’s the judges’ citation

Sandra Martin for A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices

(Patrick Crean Editions, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)

“It is a curious paradox that despite the inevitability of death, it is a subject

people would rather avoid talking about. But is there a more important issue for

us to resolve than how to find a social consensus on making death more

humane? Sandra Martin’s A Good Death will make an enormous contribution to

our ongoing, often contentious public debate on the issue. Her careful and

thorough research provides historical context, legislative precedents, the effect

of medical technology and philosophical and religious insights. What truly

distinguishes this book is the reportage on individuals and families who have

fought to arrange for a better death, sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

These firsthand experiences are the beating heart of a timely and powerful


Here’s the way reported the BC prize

Jan. 18, 2017

Writers Trust Author’s Series

1:30 p.m. Women’s Art Association

Prince Arthur Avenue,  Toronto

Nov. 15, 2016

A Good Death: Making the Most of our Final Choices

11:30 am, Granite Club Book Talks,  Toronto

Oct. 29th, 2016

On Dying

10 a.m. Wintergreen Studios, near Kingston, Ontario

Oct. 26th, 2016

Toronto Talks Death

7 p.m.  Death Cafe, Mount  Pleasant Cemetery & Funeral Centre

Oct. 17, 2016

4 p.m. Avoca Book Club

Oct. 1-2, 2016

Kingston’s Writers Fest

The Big Idea:  A Good Death

7:00 p.m. Bellevue Ballroom, Holiday Inn

I will be speaking about my book with Andre Picard, Udo Schuklenk and Chris Simpson. Carol Off is moderating

Oct. 2, 2016

Writing Biography

9:00 a.m. Sir John A. Macdonald Room, Holiday Inn

I will be conducting a master class.  Enrolment is limited.

Sept. 25, 2016

Word on the Street

Toronto Book & Magazine Festival

5:15 p.m.  I will be speaking in the Nothing but the Truth tent

Sept. 13, 2016

The Heliconian Literary Series

7:30 p.m. Scollard Street, Toronto

May 31, 2016

Ramsay Talks

6:30 p.m. Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street (Bathurst subway)
I will be speaking with Jocelyn Downie, Jeff Myers, Shanaaz Gokool
and Andre Picard.

May 10, 2016

The eh list Author Series

7:00 p.m. North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

May 1, 2016

Books and Brunch

Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books

10:00 am, Vanity Fair Ballroom, Royal York Hotel, Toronto
I will be speaking with the Hon. Bill Graham, Max Eisen and Alissa York
For tickets: please call 416-361-0032