When Arthur Golden’s novel, Memoirs of a Geisha , was published, readers and reviewers were amazed that a fortiesh white man could have written so convincingly in the first-person voice of a young Japanese geisha-in-training. Area residents will have the opportunity to learn more about Golden and his international bestseller at an April 28 author’s brunch to benefit the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Library. The event, to be held in the university’s Campus Center, will begin at 11 a.m. Parking is in lots 4 and 5.
Tickets are $25 per person and must be reserved in advance by April 23. The sponsor, the UMass Dartmouth Library Associates, is a community-based group that supports the university library through fundraising and special events. For more information, call 508-992-4452 or 508-995-3528.
It took Golden almost a decade and three drafts to complete the book. A major breakthrough came in 1992 when he met a retired geisha named Mineko Iwasaki who shared with him many of the details of a geisha’s life—from elaborate makeup to costly kimonos. A second breakthrough came when Golden decided to re-write the story in the first person, turning it into a fictional memoir.
Steven Spielberg will produce the film version of Memoirs of a Geisha for Columbia Pictures.
Golden attended Harvard University where he studied art history, specializing in Japanese art. He earned a master’s degree in Japanese history from Columbia University, where he also learned Mandarin Chinese. Following a summer at Beijing University, he worked in Tokyo, and after returning to the U.S., earned a second master’s degree in English from Boston University. Golden lives in Brookline with his wife and two children.
Editor’s advisory: Limited telephone interviews with Arthur Golden may be arranged by contacting Julie Vician at (617) 513-4007 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.