Town Hall Seattle: Nicholas D. Kristof with Timothy Egan — 'Chasing Hope: A Reporter's Life'

From New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and best-selling author Nicholas D. Kristof, an intimate and gripping memoir about a life in journalism

Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books are thrilled to present Nicholas D. Kristof for a discussion of his new book, Chasing Hope: A Reporter's LifeKristof will be joined in conversation by famed Seattle journalist and author Timothy Egan.

"Malaria, warlords, death threats, bombs, riots, plane crashes, scorpions, flak jackets, mobs, machetes, and deadlines—that's the price of truth-seeking and Kristof takes it on with conviction, courage, and humility. This is the kind of memoir that changes the world. Read it." —Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry


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Headlines from around the world flash on our television screens and appear on our newsfeeds, but we don’t always know what life is like for journalists who often risk their lives to deliver the news. 

New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and bestselling author Nicholas D. Kristof has penned a memoir, Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life about his four decades in and out of the newsroom — not only as a reporter but also as a foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and columnist. Since 1984, Kristof has worked almost continuously for the New York Times and has reported from around the globe, crossing cultural and continental lines. Kristof witnessed and wrote about some of the most memorable events in this century: the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, the Yemeni civil war, the Darfur genocide in Sudan, and the epidemic of addiction that swept through his hometown in rural Oregon and a broad swath of working-class America.

Readers of Chasing Hope will learn about Kristof’s colleagues as well as laymen who impacted his life, such as the dissident whom he helped escape from China and a Catholic nun who browbeat a warlord into releasing kidnapped schoolgirls. Kristof believes that he has seen some of the worst of humanity as well as the best. The memoir details Kristof’s long and eventful career as a journalist and examines ideas of global citizenship forged over a lifetime.

Praise for Chasing Hope. . . 

“Kristof’s powerful reportage makes for a gripping look at both the craft of journalism and the humanitarian disasters he’s witnessed.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“A gripping memoir by a world-class reporter. Nick Kristof takes us behind the scenes as he risks his life to shine a light on the world’s most pressing problems and blaze a trail to a better future. In a time when trust in journalism is in jeopardy, his honesty, humility, and humanity are rays of hope.”
—Adam Grant, author of Hidden Potential

"Chasing Hope is exactly what I needed to read right now: an outstanding memoir about journalism, hope, integrity, and courage. In a world where journalism and the truth it seeks to reveal is under constant attack, it is more important than ever to impress upon people why the fourth estate matters and how reporting the facts, if done with honesty and objectivity, can shine a light in the darkest of places. Nick Kristof shows us what a life in pursuit of the truth looks like, the sacrifices individual reporters make to report on people and places in dire and dangerous circumstances. His life, and his career, have been dedicated to the presumption that words and truth matter. It is a lesson that is sorely in need of repeating in our modern, chaotic, divided world."
—Kristin Hannah, author of The Women

Nicholas D. Kristof is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, where he was previously bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He is the co-author, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, of five previous books: Tightrope, A Path Appears, Half the Sky, Thunder from the East, and China Wakes. He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, one with WuDunn in 1990 for their coverage of China, and the second in 2006 for his columns on Darfur.

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and the author of nine other books, most recently the highly acclaimed A Pilgrimage to Eternity and The Immortal Irishman, a New York Times bestseller. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His account of photographer Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, won the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction.

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