Conversations with Authors - Mary Ladd & Don Asmussen (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 4:00pm


Wednesday, September 9th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Mary Ladd & Don Asmussen

in conversation with Michael Krasny

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


Mary Ladd‘s The Wig Diaries is an irreverent cancer book, delivered with bold gallows humor to intimately address the gravity of cancer. Illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen, this uniquely fresh and modern black comedy covers and pokes fun at everything from diagnosis to treatment to medical bills.

Mary‘s writing has appeared in Playboy, Time Magazine, Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in five anthologies, including Lit Starts: Writing Humor and the best-selling 642 Things series. You may have seen her onstage at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Breast Cancer Action, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) and Litquake. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations.

Don is the creator of Bad Reporter, a twice-weekly political comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle that is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, and is the author of Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided and The San Francisco Comic Strip Book of Big-Ass Mocha.

Michael Krasny is the host of the award winning KQED FORUM, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.


The Wig Diaries Cover Image
By Mary Ladd, Don Asmussen (Illustrator), Josh Korwin (Designed by)
ISBN: 9781734133301
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wig Industries - October 10th, 2019

The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd's debut irreverent cancer book, delivered with bold gallows humor to intimately address the gravity of cancer. The book invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with humor and creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness.

Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided: Dirty Tricks and Other Shocking Secrets from a Nasty Pet Election Cover Image
ISBN: 9780740761911
Availability: Special Order
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - August 1st, 2006

It's been said politics makes for strange bedfellows. In this case, those fellows just happen to be furry. In Dog vs. Cat: A Nation Divided, cartoonist Don Asmussen creates a fun and fluffy mix of politics and pets that's outside the box. The litter box, that is.

It has become ever apparent in recent years that divisiveness is poisoning our national debate.

Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804763370
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Stanford General Books - March 1st, 2009

KQED Radio's Michael Krasny is one of the country's leading interviewers of literary luminaries, a maestro for educated listeners who prefer their discourse high and civil. He is a writer's interviewer.

But it didn't start out that way.