Image - Katie Hafner and book cover of "The Boys"

Past Event

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.  

Notes

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

Hafner photo by Christopher Michel; Edgaran photo by  Lucy Jenks.

July 18, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

Speakers
Image - Katie Hafner

Katie Hafner

Journalist; Host and Co-Executive Producer, "Lost Women of Science" Podcast; Author, The Boys

Image - Carol Edgarian

Carol Edgarian

Co Founder, Narrative; Author, Vera—Moderator

Format

5:30–6:30 p.m. program
(all times PDT)

COST

Online:
Free for members
$5 nonmembers,
$30 members or nonmembers with book