Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
discussing the subject of his new book
Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays
published by University of California Press
In this rich collection, bestselling author Adam Hochschild has selected and updated over two dozen essays and pieces of reporting from his long career. Threaded through them all is his concern for social justice and the people who have fought for it. The articles here range from a California gun show to a Finnish prison, from a Congolese center for rape victims to the ruins of gulag camps in the Soviet Arctic, from a stroll through construction sites with an ecologically pioneering architect in India to a day on the campaign trail with Nelson Mandela. Hochschild also talks about the writers he loves, from Mark Twain to John McPhee, and explores such far-reaching topics as why so much history is badly written, what bookshelves tell us about their owners, and his front-row seat for the shocking revelation in the 1960s that the CIA had been secretly controlling dozens of supposedly independent organizations.
Adam Hochschild is a journalist and author who has written on issues of human rights and social justice. His books include the bestselling King Leopold's Ghost. He has been a finalist twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award and once for the National Book Award. He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and is a two-time recipient of the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards.
What has been said about the work of Adam Hochschild:
"Adam Hochschild's brilliant and sprawling books on inhumanity and injustice have made him an international treasure. Now, with Lessons from a Dark Time, we have Hochschild in more bite-sized (well, meal-sized) form. His journalism ranges widely, literally around the world, but it's always written with the same careful craft and indignant eloquence that we’ve come to admire so much."—Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress; staff writer, New Yorker; and chief legal analyst, CNN
“Lessons from a Dark Time offers us an inspiring but clear-eyed perspective on what has been—and what can be—accomplished through resistance, persistence, and vision. A wonderful book for our time.”—Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley and coauthor of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror