Sandra Martin is a Globe columnist and the author of the award-winning book, A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices. A long-time obituary writer for The Globe, she has written the obituaries of hundreds of significant Canadians, including Pierre Berton, Jackie Burroughs, Ed Mirvish, June Callwood, Arthur Erickson, and Ken Thomson. Her book, Working the Dead Beat: 50 lives that changed Canada, was published to glowing reviews in October, 2012. Previously, she was an arts and culture writer, specializing in books for The Globe. The co-author of three books including Rupert Brooke in Canada and Card Tricks: Bankers, Boomers and the Explosion of Plastic Credit, she edited The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write about their Fathers in 2007.