cities | November 04, 2013

Celebrating Public Spaces—in Print: Candy Chang’s New Book, Before I Die, is Out Today

The book version of Candy Chang’s famous public space project, Before I Die, is out today—and reviews are already pouring in. Publishers Weekly hails it as “a powerful and valuable reminder that life is for the living.” (Anyone who’s seen a wall in person, or viewed Candy’s memorable TED Talk, will agree).

Chang's Before I Die project, chalkboard walls that encourage people to pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space, has touched thousands of people. There are now over 375 Before I Die walls in over 25 languages and more than 60 countries. Chang is one of Lavin's most requested speakers (see her on the cover of our most recent college catalogue, above).

Today is also the international Day of Walls event: new walls will be built in over 15 cities, including NYC, London, Detroit, Denver, and Launceston, Australia. Chang's book launch party will be at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans on Thursday, November 7, and you can find out more about upcoming events on Chang's website.

Here at Lavin, we are great admirers of Candy Chang's mission—making cities and public spaces more emotional. We will be paging through the Before I Die book again today, and hope many of you will be doing the same.

To book Candy Chang as a speaker, contact The Lavin Agency.