Katie Hafner, Author of "The Boys"
Katie Hafner is a technology, health care, and society journalist who wrote on staff for The New York Times for 10 years and remains a frequent contributor. She has also worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek and has written for many major publications, including The Washington Post and Oprah Magazine. She is the author of five previous works of nonfiction covering a range of topics, including the origins of the Internet, computer hackers, German reunification, and the pianist Glenn Gould.
Hafner’s first novel, The Boys, writes a charming narrative about love and the yearning for connection. The story follows Ethan Fawcett, an introvert who marries the vivacious Barb. One day Barb brings home two young brothers, Tommy and Sam, for them to foster, and when the pandemic hits, Ethan becomes obsessed with providing a perfect life for the boys. The introduction of the boys into their household drives a wedge between Ethan and Barb. Ethan decides to take the boys on a biking trip in Italy on a misguided quest for love and connection, and expectedly discovers what it will take to repair his marriage.
Join us to as Katie Hafner takes us through her reflections on loneliness and community.
This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Hafner photo by Christopher Michel; Edgaran photo by Lucy Jenks.
The Commonwealth Club of California
Journalist; Host and Co-Executive Producer, "Lost Women of Science" Podcast; Author, The Boys
Co Founder, Narrative; Author, Vera—Moderator
5:30–6:30 p.m. program
(all times PDT)
Free for members
$30 members or nonmembers with book