Literary Luncheon: David Talbot presents "Between Heaven and Hell"

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Between Heaven and Hell cover
David Talbot


Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers BrothersThe Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him.

• A portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose
• Includes insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, tech culture, and Hollywood
• Powerful storytelling of the physical, emotional, and psychological impact a stroke has had on the author's identity


"A deeply affecting examination of mortality, ambition and the priorities of a man who dodged death to live better days." —Dave Eggers, bestselling author of The Circle, Zeitoun, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

"What makes this book so special is the complete absence of resentment and self-pity. This is a story beyond catharsis—it's a rebirth, a celebration, a hallucinatory and joyous examination of the aftermath of illness with love and gratitude infused on every page." —Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire and The Great Pretender

"Touching, informative, sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, I couldn't put it down." —Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

"Talbot demonstrates the conviction of someone who has been there and back and now knows what is really at stake.. Inspiration for others facing similar challenges." —Kirkus Reviews


David Talbot is the esteemed author of four popular history books, and the founder and original editor in chief of one of the first entirely digital publications, Salon magazine. A former senior editor of Mother Jones magazine, Talbot is a journalist and columnist who has written for the New YorkerTimeRolling StoneThe Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. His book Season of the Witch was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller for four years and was the 2015 San Francisco One City One Book pick.

$30.00 ticket price includes luncheon and a copy of the book.




Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452183336
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Prism - January 14th, 2020