ETA: Today is the last day to RSVP for a seat at the catered dinner which is part of JayWake. If you’re interested in coming and have not yet responded, please see below.
You are invited to my pre-mortem wake and roast, a somewhat morbid, deeply irreverent, but joyous celebration of me. This is a time for celebrating my life, loves, and dark, twisted sense of humor. Bring your stories (hysterical, at my expense), your tasteless jokes, and any and all expressions gleefully macabre. Come party with the man who has never passed up the chance to poke cancer in the eye and laugh about it.
Saturday, July 27, 6:PM – ?
Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220
We are deeply grateful to the Cascade Writers’ Conference who is gifting us with the cancellation of their Saturday evening programming so that their members can attend JayWake. In addition, they have offered the unused space for our celebration. We are humbled by their generosity.
We are also deeply grateful to Tom Doherty and Tor Books for their very generous support of JayWake,
We are arranging for a group rate for out-of-town guests at the Holiday Inn. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the hotel.
Food and Libations:
There will be a buffet dinner for guests who RSVP. RSVP-ing tells us how many people to prepare for. Please email email@example.com or reply to the Facebook event to RSVP. Donations will be accepted (but not required) to offset the cost of the meal.
The Roast will begin at about 7:30. Be warned: the jokes and stories contained herein will not only push the boundaries of good taste, they will leapfrog over the boundaries blowing a raspberry. This is not a time to say how I touched your life. This is a time to say how I touched you inappropriately. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on being a scheduled speaker.
Sandra Tayler and the JayWake Book
The mighty @sandratayler is working on the Jay Wake Book. She’s looking for pictures, stories and other material about me. As Sandra says:
Our friend Jay has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is hosting his own wake, Jay Wake, which Howard and I are attending. We know that other friends of Jay would love to be able to come, but can’t for a multitude of reasons. The Jay Wake Book is a project to let everyone participate in the celebration of Jay. I’ll be collecting stories, art, and photos of Jay to compile into the book. The first iteration of this book will be presented to Jay at Jay Wake. The second iteration will include stories and photos collected at Jay Wake. It will be made generally available either in electronic or print version.
Please contribute if you can.
We will be accepting donations to offset the cost of the meal and event. Use the PayPal button below, or contact email@example.com if you’d like to donate in another way.
T-shirts with a black and white line art version of the art below, by Howard Tayler, will be available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to order one.
Planning to Attend?
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com or at the Facebook event.
Art © 2013 Howard Tayler. Reproduced with permission.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post is adapted from the JayWake page here.