Conversations with Authors - Marilyn Chase (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 4:00pm

Sunday, October 25th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Marilyn Chase

in conversation with Jan Yanehiro


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 Marilyn:

Dear Book Passage Community,


Thank you so much for inviting me into your community of engaged book lovers. What a treat!

I so appreciate all the engaged viewers—905!—asking great questions at my talk about Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa.

As a longtime journalist, and writer of narrative nonfiction books—steeped in research, citations, and the world of facts—I love to read fiction for pleasure while I'm writing. So my reading this year includes lots of novels, including:

  • The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante. This tour of a teen's psyche darkens as she learns her ideal academic parents are dissemblers, living in a world of secrets. As a fan of Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet, beginning with My Brilliant Friend, I love the window she opens onto Italian society, female friendships, and gender politics.
  • The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. I marvel at her rendering of Native American experience with steel and heart. My favorite remains LaRose, and I will be haunted forever by the sacrifice made by a loving couple to heal their neighbors' loss.  Nobody can touch the way she seamlessly weaves the tragic and comical elements of family life.
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He beguiled me with his magical realist take on the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway.
  • The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel. We waited so long for this capstone to her trilogy beginning with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Nonfiction exceptions to my fiction-only diet:

  • >Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel, which explored female painters of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Their lives and choices were the antithesis of the artist I wrote about, Ruth Asawa.  Their style throws into relief all of Ruth's rare, if not unique, qualities as an artist and public citizen that I wanted to document.
  • The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson's portrait of the leader everyone thought they knew but didn't—Winston Churchill—has pride of place on my nightstand among 18 books.

This spring I'll be reading lots more nonfiction narrative for a class I'll be teaching at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism called, "Telling Life Stories: Biography and Social Justice."  Inspired by five years of research on Ruth Asawa, the class will build on the notion that telling a single life story is a way to address great themes of social justice in a personal, palpable and fully-fleshed way. I'm looking forward to diving into biographies of John Lewis, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and many more change-makers with my graduate students!

Again, heartfelt thanks for hosting me.

Stay safe,
—Marilyn


Marilyn Chase’s compelling new biography, Everything She Touched, recounts the life of WWII prison camp survivor Ruth Asawa, who broke barriers of race and gender to become an artist of genius.

Marilyn is an author, journalist, and teacher at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. After more than two decades as a reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal focusing on health science, she returned to independent writing and teaching. She has taught narrative writing at her alma mater Stanford, as well as news, health, business, and narrative writing as a Continuing Lecturer for her grad school at U.C. Berkeley. She is also the author of The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco, which tells the story of a young public health doctor treating patients during an outbreak of bubonic plague in the city’s Chinatown in 1900.

Jan Yanehiro is a well renowned broadcast journalist who has won several Emmys for her work. She has also co-authored three books including This is Not The Life I Ordered.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books.

 

 

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Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452174402
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 7th, 2020

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The Lying Life of Adults Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781609455910
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2020

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

The Night Watchman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671189
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2020

LaRose: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062277039
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780805096606
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 10th, 2020

Wolf Hall: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250024176
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2013

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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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375757082
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 9th, 2004