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Why Write Memoir? A Conversation about Truth, Exposure, and the Genre People Love to Hate

Memoirists face both internal and external pressures when they write and publish their stories. Memoir is both more popular than it’s ever been—and more reviled. In this conversation, four published memoirists unpack the complexities of…
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Round the World Taste of Fiction

Travel the world without leaving your seat; leap throughout time. These fiction writers take us from the mid-1950s Texas-Mexico border to the Himalayan foothills, from Indian palaces to aboriginal Australia to contemporary family homes in F…
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Madam Ambassador: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties, and Democracy in Budapest

California businesswoman and mother Eleni Kounalakis’s memoir of her posting as Ambassador to Hungary is a serious yet often humorous insider’s view of diplomacy and the challenges of helming an embassy in a former Soviet satellite nation.…
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Moving Beyond Sad: Transforming Tough Topics into Great Reads

To tell a sad story is an age-old impulse, but to do so in a way that makes others want to read that story is something else again. In this panel, four prose masters discuss the emotional and intellectual processes of penning and publishing…
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The Future of Vietnamese American Literature

Forty years after the Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese American writers produce diverse literature that moves beyond classic immigrant/refugee narrative into genres of memoir, experimental poetry, graphic novel and espionage thriller. This panel engages…
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The American Oz: Berkeley and the Bay Area

Bohemia meets academia, and artistic and political idealism leaves victims in its wake. Can you imagine anywhere better for coming-of-age stories, a murder, or tales of families and friends during the turbulent second half of the twentieth century?…
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Insight Out with Tina Seelig

So you have an idea. How to manifest it? Seelig, a Stanford University professor and a leading expert on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, helps you bring your brainchild into the light with Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head…
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Sjón’s Mythical Journeys

Perhaps Iceland's best known contemporary writer, Sjón has written spellbinding, mind-bending sagas and fables for our age. His novels have been championed by a veritable pantheon of literary luminaries, including Junot Díaz, David Mitchell,…
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Being Chinese in America

In fiction, memoir, essays and poetry, three spectacular writers, two born in China (Li and Min) and one in California of Chinese immigrants (Kingston), explore life in China and the experiences of immigration and assimilation in the United…
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Ourselves, Our Families: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Whether it’s via fiction, memoir, essays or journalism, writers and readers alike are drawn to stories about ourselves and our families, whatever form they take. A heralded fiction writer and two memoirists discuss their choice of genre and…