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Reinventing Your Life After a Brain Trauma: David Talbot, Author and founder of Salon.com

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


In October, our AgeOn Series starts anew—and online!

Monday evening, October 5, 2020   5:30-6:30 p.m.   (1 CEU available)

Registration/Information:  https://davidtalbotatioa.eventbrite.com

Cost: Free, but donations accepted at registration

In 2017, at the age of 66, author David Talbot suffered a massive stroke. Hospitalized for five weeks in the stroke ward of the Sutter Health Davies campus, Talbot was unable to: swallow solid foods or even liquids; urinate; walk; or speak clearly—but his medical and rehab team worked diligently with him, day after day. Just before he was released, Talbot’s speech therapist assured the very skeptical patient that, someday, he’d be speaking in public again. Two years later, that speech therapist, Rebecca Reilly, and two of her nursing colleagues from the Davies stroke ward, were among the standing room-only crowd at the Zoetrope Cafe in North Beach, to hear Talbot speak about his new memoir, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke.

On Monday evening, October 5th, IOA welcomes David Talbot to an Institute on Aging AgeOn online event, in which he will talk about the painstaking — and exhilarating — process that brought him back from near death to resume his writing career. And he will explain why he writes in his memoir that, with the help of his “circle of love,” his stroke “not just changed my life — it saved my life.”

About David Talbot:   A well-known San Francisco author, journalist, and media entrepreneur, Talbot is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The Devil’s Chessboard and Brothers, as well as the national bestseller Season of the Witch (which spent over five years on the Chronicle Bestseller List and was selected in 2015 as the “One City, One Book” title by the San Francisco Public Library). His most recent book, his memoir, Between Heaven and Hell, was published in 2019, by Chronicle Books.

Before becoming a best-selling historian, Talbot founded Salon, the pioneering online magazine, which he oversaw for its first ten years. He has also worked as a senior editor at Mother Jones magazine and a features editor at the San Francisco Examiner, when it was a Hearst publication. Talbot’s articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian and elsewhere, and he has worked as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.  Talbot has appeared on many TV and radio programs, including Terry Gross’s Fresh Air, Michael Krasny’s Forum, and current affairs shows on CBS, ABC, PBS, Fox News and the BBC. He has been a distinguished speaker at Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Fellowships program, Stanford University’s Knight Fellowships program and elsewhere.  Talbot lives in San Francisco with his wife, Camille Peri, who is writing a dual biography of novelist Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, for Viking-Penguin. David and Camille’s son, Joe Talbot, is the director of The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the widely praised 2019 film which won Joe the Best Director Award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. David’s father, the late actor Lyle Talbot, was a cofounder of the Screen Actors Guild and the subject of a memoir (The Entertainer) by David’s sister, Margaret Talbot, a New Yorker magazine staff writer.

We wish to offer a special thank you to Pippa Gordon, MSW, MPH, Social Worker/Case Manager, IOA, for helping to make this event possible.

Funding for this program is provided by the JULIAN S. DAVIS, MD, LECTURESHIP FUND


October 5
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


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