A prolific British-American writer, journalist, and consummate adventurer, Simon Winchester will share aspects of his work and personal expeditions, including his path to becoming the acclaimed best-selling author he is today in this Writers in Conversation program. A master storyteller, Winchester’s narrative is like a journey through time. His keen intellect and ability to weave everyday life precisely and expertly into historical examination leaves his readers feeling awestruck at the world surrounding them.
Join us for an afternoon with Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Hernan Diaz. Diaz’s new book, Trust, opens to readers as a novel within a novel, entitled Bonds. Set during the roar of the 1920s, Wall Street tycoon Benjamin Rask and his wife, Helen, have risen to the top of the world of seemingly endless wealth – all as of a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune?
Trust, longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, elegantly puts competing narratives into conversation with one another – and in tension with the perspective of one woman bend on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.
Join the Conversation: In-Person Book Club
Wednesday, September 21 at 1pm at the Mill Valley Public Library.
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We will be discussing Trust by Hernan Diaz
As part of our Writers in Conversation series, we will offer an in-person book club that will meet to discuss a featured title about a week before the virtual author talk. Connect with your community and library staff as we read and discuss various book genres including popular fiction, self-development, and memoir. This book club is a collaboration between the Mill Valley and San Anselmo public libraries.
Are you too nice? Do you find it hard to be assertive and ask for what you want? Did you know millions of people struggle with being “too nice”? Being nice can make it hard to speak up, say “no,” or do something that might upset someone. Dr. Aziz Gazipura, one of the world’s leading experts on social confidence, will teach participants that the opposite of nice is not mean but rather real. You’ll learn how to say “no” when you want and need to, confidently ask for what you want and eliminate feelings of guilt, anxiety, and worry about what others will think.
Zain E. Asher’s moving and inspiring memoir Where the Children Take Us tells the story of her mother’s harrowing fight to raise four children as a widowed immigrant in South London. There is tragedy in this tale, but it is not a tragedy. Drawing on tough-love parenting strategies, Obiajulu Ejiofor teaches her sons and daughters to overcome the daily pressures of poverty, crime, and prejudice. With her relentless support, Obiajulu’s children exceed all expectations – becoming a CNN anchor, an Oscar-nominated actor, a medical doctor, and a thriving entrepreneur.
The story of a woman who survived genocide, famine, poverty, and crushing grief to rise from war torn Africa to the streets of South London and eventually the drawing rooms of Buckingham Palace, Where the Children Take Us is an unforgettable portrait of strength, tenacity, love, and perseverance embodied in one towering woman.
Join us for a captivating conversation with historical fiction writer Kate Quinn as she discusses her latest book, The Diamond Eye, an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper.
After Hitler's invasion of Ukraine and Russia, Mila Pavlichenko must forge herself from studious young woman to deadly sniper - a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour. But when an old enemy from Mila's past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons, and enemy bullets, in the deadliest duel of her life. Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of a woman and mother who became a soldier and who changed the course of history forever.