Lillian Moats' latest book The Letter from Death features a foreword by Howard Zinn and 20 evocative full-page illustrations by David Moats. This slim volume casts a bright light on how our unexamined fear of death has throughout history misdirected our energies--away from the real and immediate challenges of this world and toward unnecessary war injustice and self-destruction. Death's philosophical essay addressed to the whole of humanity is as poignant as it is polemical. The Letter from Death is both stylistically daring and politically charged and will challenge even the most open-minded readers to re-examine the basis of their beliefs about death life and "human nature."
Lillian Moats is a writer artist and filmmaker living near Chicago. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. Hope a Myth Reawakened is Moats' 5th book . She was privileged to have the late historian and world reknown peace and justice activist Howard Zinn write the foreword for her previous book The Letter from Death. Moats' first book The Gate of Dreams was selected for the South Carolina Junior Book Award List. Film awards (with JP Somersaulter) include: Special Jury Award Chicago International Children's Film Festival for their body of work more than forty other national and international film festival showings including 6 Cine Gold Eagle awards and 5 awards from the Chicago International Film Festival all for art films.
"The Letter from Death is exquisite - acutely imagined well-crafted vivid simultaneously transcendent and focused. Who better than Death to explain the addiction of the death culture? Who better able to document the horror? What a book! It deserves a large large audience." - William Ayers Distinguished Professor of Education University of Illinois at Chicago
"The Letter from Death is cogent profound relevant and needed. Moats deserves thanks and congratulations for confronting the subject of Death head on-eloquently realistically and rationally-and for her remarkable combination of pessimism and optimism. Her readers will be challenged and the thinking of some changed." - Kathleen E. McCrone Professor Emeritus of History University of Windsor