Literary Luncheon:

Lalita Tademy

in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:30AM - 1:30PM

VENUE: Historic Villa


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About our moderator, Katherine Maxfield:

“Thank you, Katherine, for your expert conversational style!” -Armistead Maupin

“Katherine Maxfield was impressively well prepared and is a splendid, gifted conversationalist” - Michael Krasny

Maxfield’s conversations with writers have been favorably compared to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, City Arts & Lectures, and Celebrity Forum. Her friendly yet probing style encourages writers to reveal their writing and thought processes, delves into the world of agents and publishers, and examines interesting angles of their most recent publication.

Maxfield has a BA (economics), an MBA (marketing) and an MFA (writing). She worked for Silicon Valley’s ComQuest, ROLM Corporation, Polycom, Apple, and 3Com. Her non-fiction book, Starting Up Silicon Valley, was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014 and was a 2015 Eric Hoffer winner in the business category. Her award-winning short fiction and personal perspectives have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ontario Review, and numerous other literary journals.

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"Extraordinary... illuminates the soul of heritage... historical fiction of the highest order." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

The novels of New York Times bestselling author Lalita Tademy, a former Silicon Valley executive, have been translated into 11 languages and assigned as required reading for Stanford University freshmen. With Maxfield, she will discuss the challenges and rewards of writing historical fiction, and the creative process behind mining her own family’s history as slaves to produce her best-selling sagas Cane River and Red River, as well as uncovering a little known historical dynasty in Citizens Creek.

A delicious lunch paired with wine is included in your ticket purchase. Books will be available for sale.


Before turning to writing full-time, Tademy was Vice President and General Manager of several prominent technology companies in Silicon Valley, spending more than a decade running business units within large corporations. She was featured in Fortune’s “People on the Rise” list, as well as Black Enterprise and Ebony. But her interest in her family’s roots, and the ongoing issues of racism and women’s empowerment, led her to focus all of her energies on her second career. She has been featured in People Magazine, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has appeared as a speaker for the Library of Congress and National Book Festival, the California Governor’s Conference for Women, African American Librarians – Black Caucus, Professional Businesswomen of California, and the National Association of Principals for Girls.

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