Saltonstall Book Launch! Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood (’11)

Writer Elizabeth Greenwood (’11) returns to Ithaca!


We’ll be celebrating the publication of Elizabeth’s nonfiction book, Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud (Simon & Schuster) with a reading and book signing on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 5:30pm.


This reading will take place at Buffalo Street Books in downtown Ithaca.

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud was still in manuscript form during Liz’s Saltonstall residency in 2011.


We’re so excited that her work found a home with Simon & Schuster.

Advance praise:


“Exuberant and ironic, witty and compassionate, various and keenly-focused, Playing Dead is eccentric investigative journalism. A terrific subject, where the deadly (excuse the pun) serious and absurdly comic meet and mesh.”
— Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland


“Elizabeth Greenwood is as entertaining and gifted an archeologist of subcultures as she is an able explorer of issues like anonymity, the right to privacy, and how much control people can ever exert over their identities. An energetic and insatiable writer, her generous mind infuses every page of this astonishing book.”
— Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock


“Quirky, engaging, and surprisingly uplifting… Elizabeth Greenwood has written a book about death, faked and real, that teaches us much about life.”
— Eric Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Genius


“Playing Dead marks the debut of a very talented author. Both the book and the writer are cause for celebration.”
— Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author of Manson



Pre-order your copy of Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud here.

About Elizabeth


Elizabeth Greenwood grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her book about people who have faked their deaths, entitled Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in August 2016. An editor-at-large at The New Inquiry, her work has appeared in The Believer, Guernica, The Hairpin, Dissent and Poets & Writers and in the digital editions of Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Al Jazeera America, and The New Yorker.


She has been a writer-in-residence at the Macdowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation. Omi Ledig House, the Edward Albee Foundation, ArtFarm Nebraska, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Norman Mailer Center. She teaches in the writing program at Columbia University. Her leisure time pursuits include reality television viewing, eavesdropping, and plotting revenge.

Reading Time & Location

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Buffalo Street Books in downtown Ithaca


The bookstore is located one block from the Commons in the DeWitt Mall (same building as the Moosewood Restaurant!) The main entrance is on Buffalo Street, next door to Greenstar Oasis, and across the street from DeWitt Park. (See map below)