CANCELLED: Live Stream with Bonnie Tsui & Crissy Van Meter - Why We Swim

**In light of recent events, this event has been rescheduled. The live stream will now take place on Thursday, June 18.

An Immersive & Eye-opening Perspective on Swimming, a Social History Book Discussion

Bonnie Tsui lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area. She is a longtime contributor to the New York Times and California Sunday Magazine. Her last book, American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She will discuss Why We Swim ($26.95 Algonquin Books).

Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what about water—despite its dangers—seduces us and why we come back to it again and again.

She will be in conversation with Crissy Van Meter, author of Creatures: A Novel.


This event is free and open to the public. It will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. You can watch the live stream HERE and even set reminders for when we go live. The event will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel after the event.


Why We Swim By Bonnie Tsui Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207861
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 14th, 2020

Creatures: A Novel By Crissy Van Meter Cover Image
Title unavailable, please email for information.
ISBN: 9781616208592
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - January 7th, 2020

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