The virtual events below are scheduled for the launch of Chasing Chopin. See here for advance praise and reviews.

Politics and Prose, Tuesday, August 11, 6:00 pm EST pub date!

For this first virtual bookstore event on publication date I’ll be joined by the wonderful Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic at the New York Times and a superbly talented and acclaimed pianist. Register here.

Harvard Bookstore & Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos, Friday, August 14, 7pm EST

For this talk I’ll be joined by New York Times best-selling novelist Marisa Silver in a conversation that will include a short video of pianist Eric Clark playing on an 1837 Érard. Register here, on the Harvard Bookstore website. I will be donating royalties on every copy sold in connection with this event to the extraordinary Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos in Ashburnham, MA.

Collected Works Bookstore, Friday, August 28, 8pm EST / 6pm MT

For this talk with the great Santa Fe independent store I’ll be joined by Desiree Mays, international lecturer on opera and music. Details and Zoom link TK, or check the Collected Works website calendar.


Links to articles, videos, websites, and other content that may come up in conversation during events.

Eric Clark performing Chopin’s op. 35 sonata during the First International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw, September 2018.

Michael Kimmelman’s fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine about his participation in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.

Marisa Silver’s beautiful short story “The Memory Wing,” published in The Atlantic in July 2020. And “Night Train to Frankfurt,” published in the New Yorker in November 2013, which has become one of my favorites and includes a character who’s a pianist.

The pianos in the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos in Ashburnham, Massachusetts