In honor of the late Nina Riggs, this event will be presented by Lucy Kalanithi & Nina's husband, John Duberstein, in conversation with Kelly Corrigan
“We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other.”
Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal.
How does one live each day, “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?
Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs’s breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time?
Brilliantly written, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones. It's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina’s other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer and looking death squarely in the face to say “this is what will be.”
Especially poignant in these uncertain times, Riggs urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.