March 14: Mem­oirs of a best­seller

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At 8 p.m. next Fri­day (March 14), the Rap­pa­han­nock As­so­ci­a­tion for the Arts and the Com­mu­nity (RAAC) wel­comes ac­claimed nov­el­ist Arthur Golden as the fea­tured speaker at RAAC’s Sec­ond Fri­day at the Li­brary Se­ries. Golden is the au­thor of “Mem­oirs of a Geisha,” a huge in­ter­na­tional suc­cess that sat atop best­seller lists for more than a year, was made into a movie and lured read­ers around the globe. The pro­gram is free.

One of the rare books that read­ers de­vour and crit­ics gush over, “Mem­oirs of a Geisha” was Golden’s first novel. In his talk, Golden will go be­hind the scenes of his book and ex­plore, more gen­er­ally, how writ­ers cre­ate their sto­ries.

Golden worked on “Mem­oirs of a Geisha” for 10 years, and his view is that what seems like magic — how writ­ers in­vent worlds, or how an Amer­i­can man passes him­self off as a Ja­panese woman — is ac­tu­ally craft. He’ll ex­plore the novel-writ­ing craft on March 14. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Arthur Golden, whose first novel was in­ter­na­tional best­seller “Mem­oirs of a Geisha,” tells his story at the li­brary March 14.

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