From the lingering shame of World War II among the French to the difficult work of wineries, from favorite restaurants to the advantages of pressure cookers and instant pots, Ann Mah delighted her audience at this month’s Tuesday Talk.
Mah, a novelist, travel writer, and cookbook author, spoke with moderator Amy Henderson at the Cleveland Park library. Both Mah and Henderson are Cleveland Park residents. Henderson is the historian emerita of the National Portrait Gallery whose career curating at the museum resulted in exhibits ranging from Katherine Graham to Elvis.
Mah spoke about her latest book, The Lost Vintage, which developed as a result of a trip she took to experience the champagne harvest for a New York Times article. The creaky floors and quiet atmosphere at night after a long day of work spurred her imagination to develop the story of a master of wine candidate who discovers a fascinating mystery deep in the basement–and history–of her family’s winery.
Displaying a sense of adventure in travel, fascination with the French, and apprecation for history and mystery stories rooted in history and culture, Mah has connected her interests to forge a successful career. We hope she continues to explore these interests and share her findings through her writing with all her fans.
The next Tuesday Talk features novelists and neighbors Kate Lehrer and Susan Shreve on April 9 at 7pm. Tickets are not required but reservations are requested to ensure plenty of seating for everyone.