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.


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.



Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452174402
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - April 7th, 2020

Everything She Touched recounts the incredible life of the American sculptor Ruth Asawa.

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

The veteran Wall Street Journal science reporter Marilyn Chase’s fascinating account of an outbreak of bubonic plague in late Victorian San Francisco is a real-life thriller that resonates in today’s headlines. The Barbary Plague transports us to the Gold Rush boomtown in 1900, at the end of the city’s Gilded Age.

A revised, updated, and expanded edition of the best-selling self-help book that encourages women to overcome adversity, embrace change, and discover their power.

This Is Not the Life I Ordered is the culmination of weekly “kitchen table coaching” sessions that took place for more than a decade and were designed to support four extraordinary women throu