An Evening with Author Kati Marton
Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED.
Due to an unexpected family obligation, journalist / author Kati Marton will not be able to speak in DC on Oct. 22. We send her our best regards and will keep you posted on when she'll be back in the area to promote her new book, "Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America."
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Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog, Golden & Cohen,
Hooks Books Events and Inkandescent Public Relations invite you to
An evening with author Kati Marton,
a very Disruptive Woman, currently Chair of the International Women’s Health Coalition, a global leader in promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls
In celebration of the release of her book
"Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America"
Robin Strongin, CEO of Amplify and creator of the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog, will interview the outspoken writer, who was married to Peter Jennings and is now the wife of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.
Your ticket to this event includes
A chance to meet Kati Marton, a wine & cheese reception, networking, and a copy of "Enemies of the People"
About "Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America"
In Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, Marton dives headfirst into her parents' secret police files to discover the truth about their harrowing imprisonment for suspicions of espionage during the Cold War. The resulting non-fiction narrative is an indelible whirlwind of discovery as Marton pieces together a fascinating portrait of her parents from the notably sketchy beginning she was given. Marton's charismatic journalist parents were enmeshed in a nail-biting game of cat and mouse with the AVO (the Hungarian Secret Police) that would eventually lead to the agonizing separation of their family. Close friends-turned-informers relayed the Martons' every move to the AVO. The Martons' work, which spurred easy friendships within the American legation and afforded them an affluent lifestyle, consequently allied them with the enemy in the minds of the Secret Police. As Marton delves deeper into this secret history, she discovers that her parents' deep devotion and love for her and her sister guided them through the trials of their journey to America. Letters penned while imprisoned and at wit's end reveal her father's character to her in a way she'd never witnessed while he was alive. The files reveal two people Marton "would have liked to have known, even had they not been" her mother and father. Even though Marton recognizes that "children cannot fully know their parents," her investigation of their lives allows her the rare chance to do just that.
About Kati Marton
Born in Hungary, Kati Marton has combined a career as a reporter and writer with human rights advocacy. She is currently Chair of the International Women’s Health Coalition, a global leader in promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls. From 2001 to July 2002 Kati Marton was Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. Marton is currently a director and formerly chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, Human Rights Watch, the New America Foundation, and the Central European University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, P.E.N. International and the Author’s Guild.
Since 1980, Marton has published seven books and contributed as a reporter to ABC News, Public Broadcasting Services, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Times of London, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and The New Republic. Her first book, Wallenberg, a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was published by Random House in 1982. From 1983 until 1984, she was a columnist for the Sunday Times of London. Her second book, a novel entitled American Women was published in 1987. Her investigative history, The Polk Conspiracy – Murder and Cover-up in the Case of CBS News Correspondent George Polk, has been acquired by Mel Gibson for a feature film. Her fourth book, A Death in Jerusalem – the Assassination by Extremists of the First Middle East Peacemaker, was published by Pantheon Books/Random House in the fall of 1994. Marton’s book, Hidden Power – Presidential Marriages that Shaped History, was published in September 2001 and was a New York Times best seller. Her account of a remarkable group of men produced by Budapest’s Golden Age who survived the Nazi terror and went on to play vital roles in shaping the twentieth century, The Great Escape – Nine Hungarians Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2006. Her most recent book, Enemies of the People: A Family’s Escape to America, will be released by Simon & Schuster in October 2009.
From 1995 until 1997, Marton hosted NPR’s America and the World, a weekly half-hour broadcast on international affairs. From December 1977 until December 1979, Marton was Bonn Bureau Chief and Foreign Correspondent for ABC News. While based in West Germany, Marton reported from Poland, Hungary, Italy, Holland, Northern Ireland, East Germany, and the Middle East. Marton was a news writer/reporter at WCAU-TV, the CBS-owned-and-operated affiliate in Philadelphia from January 1973 until November 1977. From 1971 until 1973, Marton was a reporter for National Public Radio in Washington. In addition to diplomatic and political assignments, Marton was involved in the development of NPR’s program, All Things Considered.
Kati Marton has received several honors for her reporting, including a George Foster Peabody Award for a one-hour documentary on China. She was a Gannett Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 1988 and she received a Philadelphia Press Association Award for Best Television Feature Story and a Channel 12 (PBS) Award for reporting. In 1997, she received the Marc H. Tannenbaum Foundation Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding and the Athens, Greece-based Kyriazis Foundation prize for the promotion of press freedom. In 2001, she was awarded the Rebekah Kohut Humanitarian Award by the National Council of Jewish Women. In 2002 she received a Matrix-Award for Women Who Change the World. In 2004 she was honored with the Citizen’s Committee of New York’s Marietta Tree Award for Public Service, the Edith Wharton Award for Journalism and the Woodhull Institute’s 2004 Changemakers Award for Ethical Leadership in the Arts.
Marton attended Wells College in Aurora, New York, the Sorbonne, and the Institute des Etudes de Science Politiques in Paris. She earned a B.A. in Romance Languages and a M.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University.
Kati Marton is married to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and lives in New York City with her daughter Elizabeth and her son Christopher.