Sunday, October 11th, 2020
Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET
In conversation with Stacy Schiff
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 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 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.
And you can never go wrong with a good spy thriller!
—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.