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22nd Annual Authors Salon Committee
Chair, Diane Rosland
Mary Alice Bowie
Anna Marie Janky
Mary Lou Taylor
About our authors:
Richard Rhodes will speak on his book Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Mr. Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-four books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History; an investigation of the roots of private violence, Why They Kill; a memoir, A Hole in the World; a biography,John James Audubon; and four novels. Rhodes lives with his wife, who is a clinical psychologist, near Half Moon Bay, California.
Lalita Tademy is a California native and will discuss her novel Cane River. Before beginning to write full-time, Lalita received an MBA from UCLA, and was a vice president and general manager with several high technology companies in Silicon Valley. Her professional writing career officially began when her first novel was published in 2001. Cane River, a historical novel, was aNew York Times Bestseller and Oprah Book Club Selection. Her second novel, Red River, was also a New York Times Bestseller in 2007 and One City One Book Selection for San Francisco. She is currently at work on her third novel, the story of Black Indians in Oklahoma.
Susan Wels will speak on her soon-to-be-published book San Francisco: Arts for the City—Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012. She is also the author of the 2009 biography AmeliaEarhart: The Thrill of It; Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today bestseller; Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest Day; The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games; and Stanford: Portrait of a University. An award-winning editor and freelance writer, she has worked on assignment around the world. A graduate of Stanford University, she and her husband have two daughters and live in San Francisco.
Paul Goldstein is a writer, lawyer and teacher and will present his book Havana Requiem. Additionally, he is the author of the novels Errors and Omissions and A Patent Lie, also on intellectual property themes. Mr. Goldstein has authored two general interest non-fiction books, Copyright’s Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox, and the recently published Intellectual Property: The Tough New Realities That Could Make or Break Your Business. Since 1985, Mr. Goldstein has been the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School where he has twice received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. In April 1997 Newsweek magazine named Mr. Goldstein to its “list of 100 people for the new century,” as one “whose creativity or talent or brains or leadership will make a difference in the years ahead.”
Marilyn Yalom will discuss How the French Invented Love: 900 Years of Passion and Romance. Her other books include: Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women’s Memory; A History of the Breast; A History of the Wife; Birth of the Chess Queen and; The American Resting Place. Ms. Yalom’s books have been translated into 20 languages and in 1991 she was decorated as an Officier des Palmes Académiques by the French Government. Marilyn Yalom grew up in Washington, D.C. and was educated at Wellesley College, the Sorbonne, Harvard and Johns Hopkins. She has been a professor of French and comparative literature, director of an institute for research on women and is married to psychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom.
Moderator Ellen Sussman
Ellen Sussman is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, French Lessons, published in 2011. Her first novel, On a Night Like This, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. It has been translated into six languages. Her newest novel, The Paradise Guest House, will be published in March 2013. She is also the editor of two anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, which was a New York Times Editors Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. Ellen was born in Trenton, NJ and has lived in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Paris. She has taught at Pepperdine University, UCLA and Rutgers University. She now teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes out of her home. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We wish to thank all our sponsors, underwriters and donors:
Union Bank: Menlo Park & Palo Alto Private Bank
Donors & Underwriters:
Ann Griffiths and Roz Morris
Betty Jean and Hiro Ogawa
Francesca Eastman and Edward Goodstein
National Book Award
Eva & Steve Aber
Fritzie Andrews, Nancy Carter, & Kimber Sturm
Pat & Philip DeBrincat, & Maria & George Erdi
Linda & Stan Dickinson, & Marge & Jim DuBois
Mark & Anne Flegel
Cynthia Floyd & Shirley Simmons
Zeni & Ben Mallari
Camilla & Gidu Shroff
Susan Sweeney & Ana Hays
Mary & Don Young