Conversations with Authors - Catherine Grace Katz (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Stacy Schiff



Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.

 

A note from Catherine Grace Katz:

Thank you to Stacy, Book Passage, and everyone who joined our conversation this evening! And thank you for your support of independent bookstores, first time authors, and for The Daughters of Yalta, especially during these challenging times.  I hope to have the opportunity to visit with you in person at Book Passage someday in the not too distant future!  The greatest joy of being a writer is interacting with readers, so I look forward to the day we can all be together, but I am very grateful to have tools like Zoom that bring us together in spirit.

Here are a few books that I have enjoyed that you might enjoy, too!  Some are longtime personal favorites, and some I thought might be especially enjoyable in this moment (aside from Stacy Schiff's books, of course!)


• Favorite classics: Emma by Jane Austen; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery; and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Le

• Favorite fiction for quarantine: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro; The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore; An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris; and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

• Favorite non-fiction for quarantine: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown; Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean; Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow; and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

• A few favorite Churchill books: My Early Life by Winston Churchill; The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson; and Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard.

• Favorite Roosevelt book: No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

• Favorite book about the craft of writing history: In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War by David Reynolds.

• Favorite discovery while writing The Daughters of Yalta: Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia by The Marquis de Custine, translated by George Kennan.

• Favorite "end of the world" book for COVID times: The Martian by Andy Weir.

• Favorite stories for families to read together: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall and Eloise by Kay Thompson.

And you can never go wrong with a good spy thriller!

Best
—Catherine Grace Katz

 

Catherine Grace Katz's first book, The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans — A Story of Love and War, draws on newly accessible sources to bring to light both the untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference with Stalin seventy-five years ago, and the fateful reverberations during the waning days of World War II.

Catherine is a writer and historian from Chicago. She graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a BA in History and received her MPhil in Modern European History from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge in 2014, where she wrote her dissertation on the origins of modern counterintelligence practices. After graduating, Catherine worked in finance in New York City before a very fortuitous visit to the bookstore in the lobby of her office in Manhattan led her to return to history and writing. She is currently pursuing her JD at Harvard Law School.

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra: (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award; and The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem, which has been hailed by the New York Times “an almost novelistic, thriller-like narrative.” Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books.

 

 

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The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans:  A Story of Love and War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358117858
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Published: Mariner Books - September 29th, 2020

Emma Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford (Editor), Fiona Stafford (Introduction by), Fiona Stafford (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439587
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 2003

Northanger Abbey Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Marilyn Butler (Editor), Marilyn Butler (Introduction by), Marilyn Butler (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439792
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780141321592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - September 11th, 2008

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

The Remains of the Day (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679731726
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Bel Canto Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060838720
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

The Last Days of Night: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988925
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 23rd, 2017

An Officer and a Spy: A Spy Thriller Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804853
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143125471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Young Men and Fire: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Norman Maclean, Timothy Egan (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226450353
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 1st, 2017

Alexander Hamilton Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143034759
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2005

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812974492
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 29th, 2014

My Early Life: 1874-1904 Cover Image
By Winston Churchill, William Manchester (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780684823454
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Published: Scribner - June 6th, 1996

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307948786
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Published: Anchor - May 30th, 2017

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:  The Home Front in World War II Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780684804484
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 1995

In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465003303
Published: Basic Books - November 27th, 2007

The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

Eloise Cover Image
By Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780671223502
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers -

Vera: (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375755347
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Published: Modern Library - April 4th, 2000

Saint-Exupery: A Biography Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780805079135
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - February 7th, 2006

A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780805080094
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 10th, 2006

The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316200592
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 20th, 2016