Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Novelist and Physician Daniel Mason

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library
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Each program in this series will bring to center stage a distinguished author from the Stanford community. We will discuss a fiction writer’s process—from the genesis of an idea, to the nuts and bolts of the prose’s inner workings, to the editing and publication process—and engage the local community in a lively question-and-answer session. The program will be hosted by Sara Houghteling, former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies. 

An Evening with Novelist and Physician Daniel Mason

Join us for an evening with bestselling author Daniel Mason as he discusses his most recent novel, The Winter Soldier. Set amid the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna, the battlefields of World War I, and the frozen forests of the Carpathian Mountains, The Winter Soldier tells a mesmerizing tale of a young medical student who assumes control of a remote field hospital although he’s far from completing his training—indeed, he’s never even lifted a scalpel. It is a story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone. 

Over the course of the evening, Mason will discuss essential aspects of the writer’s craft—plot and structure, character development, and revision—as well as share his personal insights into writing historical fiction and living the dual life of the writer and the practicing doctor. Avid readers and aspiring writers alike will gain fresh insights into the art of fiction during this engaging discussion with one of this generation’s finest literary voices. 

Daniel Mason, Author; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford

Daniel Mason is the author of The Piano TunerA Far CountryDeath of the Pugilist, and The Winter Soldier (2018). Mason’s work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, adapted for the stage, and recognized by an NEA fellowship. His writing has also appeared in Harper’sZoetrope: All Story, and Lapham’s Quarterly. A former visiting professor in Creative Writing at Stanford, where he led the Stegner workshop, Mason currently teaches undergraduate courses on the intersection between culture and psychiatry, and the literature of psychosis. 

Sara Houghteling, Former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies, Stanford

Sara Houghteling is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2009 Book, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship, an NEA Fellowship, a Camargo Fellowship, the Ribalow Prize, and the Wallant Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesNarrative, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Houghteling received an MFA from the University of Michigan.

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