“Beyond the fact that my hearing is going and my teeth are making a last stand, that my spine hurts for reasons no one can fathom, that I must now wear reading glasses for reading and distance glasses for driving, and that hangovers and sex and love and memory and skiing and peeing and the skin on the back of my hands are all different, turning 60 comes down to one fundamental change: What once looked infinite now looks finite.”
When Ian Brown realized he was about to turn 60, the author and frequent Globe and Mail feature writer challenged himself to keep a year-long diary to chronicle the changes that come as one edges closer to life’s finish line. The result is the RBC Taylor Prize finalist Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? While the exercise was inspired by Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Proustian autobiographical novel cycle, My Struggle, Ian’s memoir, while frank and candid, is also “brutally funny.”
Ian is the recipient of numerous National Magazine and National Newspaper awards for his honest, smart, and witty writing, and his last book, The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search for His Disabled Son, was a national bestseller, a New York Times and Globe and Mail Best Book, and the winner of the Charles Taylor Prize, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and the Trillium Book Award.
He lives in Toronto.
Appearing in: 46. My Struggle: Aging, Humour, and Creaky Bones