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Adam Hochschild

in conversation with Isabel Allende

Recorded July 20th, 2020

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Adam Hochschild in conversation with Isabel Allende, July 20, 2020

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A master of narrative non-fiction, Adam Hochschild unearths the rich, overlooked life of a social justice campaigner who was truly ahead of her time in his biography Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes. Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen.

You will recognize his other award-winning works which include

  • King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
  • Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves which was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 that won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

A longtime lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Hochschild lives in Berkeley and is married to sociologist and author Arlie Russell Hochschild.

 

Isabel Allende, novelist and philanthropist, is one of the most widely read authors in the world and has sold more than 74 million books. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her hugely popular first novel, The House of the Spirits. Since then, she has authored more than twenty-three bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including the recent novel A Long Petal of the Sea.

Allende also devotes much of her time to human rights causes, including a charitable foundation she founded in honor of her late daughter Paula, which has awarded grants to more than 100 nonprofits worldwide, delivering life-changing care to hundreds of thousands of women and girls. In addition, more than 8 million viewers have watched her TED talks on leading a passionate life.

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    Adam, how do you decide what book projects to pursue? What is the common theme that your books explore?

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    What readings would you recommend to a budding activist in this political moment in the US?

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    At what point in your life did you become dedicated to documenting the violation of human rights? Has it always informed your stance as a writer?

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    What interests do your children pursue?

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    You have written both fiction and nonfiction. Do you find you have a preference for one? Is the process of one more personal to you?

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    How does your writing process begin? Where do you find inspiration for your novels?

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    What was the last thing you read that moved you?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?