Conversations with Authors - Catherine Grace Katz (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Sunday, October 11th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Catherine Grace Katz

in conversation with Stacy Schiff


Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.

 

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: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 29th, 2020

The untold story of the three intelligent and glamorous young women who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and of the conference’s fateful reverberations in the waning days of World War II.
 
Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin Roosevelt, Winston


Emma Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Fiona Stafford (Editor), Fiona Stafford (Introduction by), Fiona Stafford (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439587
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 2003

The culmination of Jane Austen's genius, a sparkling comedy of love and marriage

Now a major motion picture starring Anya Taylor-Joy


Northanger Abbey Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Marilyn Butler (Editor), Marilyn Butler (Introduction by), Marilyn Butler (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439792
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

Austen's witty exploration of the perils of mistaking fiction for reality


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

The celebrated classic about a red-headed orphan and the family who falls in love with her.


To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility, a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series


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

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, here is the universally acclaimed novel—winner of the Booker Prize and the basis for an award-winning film.
 


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

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize


Bel Canto Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060838720
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

“Blissfully Romantic….A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle


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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla.”—Erik Larson
 
“A model of superior historical fiction . . . an exciting, sometimes astonishing story.”—The Washington Post
  


An Officer and a Spy: A Spy Thriller Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804853
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

NATIONAL BESTSELLER 

A whistle-blower.  A witch hunt. A cover-up. Secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, and government corruption. Welcome to 1890s Paris.
 


The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times.
 
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.


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

The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36'.”


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

A devastating and lyrical work of nonfiction, Young Men and Fire describes the events of August 5, 1949, when a crew of fifteen of the US Forest Service’s elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of the men were dead or mortally burned.


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

The #1 New York Times bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.


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

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.


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

Here, in his own words, are the fascinating first thirty years in the life of one of the most provocative and compelling leaders of the twentieth century: Winston Churchill.

As a visionary, statesman, and historian, and the most eloquent spokesman against Nazi Germany, Winston Churchill was one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century.


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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

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz—an inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis


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

"A thrilling account.... This book is an awesome nail-biter and top-notch character study rolled into one." —New York Times Critic Jennifer Senior's Top Ten Books of 2016


No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:  The Home Front in World War II Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780684804484
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 1995

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States.

With an extraordinary collection of details, Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partners


In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780465003303
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Published: Basic Books - November 27th, 2007

Winston Churchill fought the World War II twice over-first as Prime Minister during the war, and then later as the war's premier historian. From 1948-54, he published six volumes of memoirs. They secured his reputation and shaped our understanding of the conflict to this day.


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

Selected for common reading at North Lake College 

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.


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

This series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager. Over one million copies sold, now with a bright new look!


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

Meet Eloise, the precocious darling of the Plaza Hotel!

Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York.


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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


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

From a master biographer, the life story of the daring French aviator who became one of the twentieth century's most beloved authors


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

In this dazzling work of history, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author follows Benjamin Franklin to France for the crowning achievement of his career


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

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.