Tobias Wolff

in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

Monday, August 27, 2018, 7PM


VENUE: Historic Villa

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Tobias Wolff
Photo: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

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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Join master storyteller Tobias Wolff as he sits down for a fascinating conversation with author Katherine Maxfield. Known for his thoughtful approach to questions and his quick humor, Wolff will talk about his eventful life and will read an excerpt from the book he is currently working on. Books from his catalogue will be available for purchase at the event.


Tobias Wolff is one of America’s most revered writers. His short stories, novels, and memoirs have earned him three O. Henry short story prizes, The Rea Award for the Short Story, and the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, in addition to a Guggenheim Fellowship and an array of other awards. Currently a professor of English and Creative Writing at Stanford, Wolff's critically-acclaimed short story collections include Our Story BeginsThe Night in Question, and In the Garden of North American Martyrs. His memoir/novel This Boy’s Life details a difficult childhood as he grew up with a con man for a father, often learning by example. The book went on to become a feature film starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ellen Barkin. A second memoir, In Pharoah’s Army, records Wolff’s tour in Vietnam, highlighting the drudgery and disillusionment that many soldiers experience.