Why We Swim: Bonnie Tsui Virtual Event

THURSDAY, APRIL 29th AT 6 PM

Why We Swim

Bonnie Tsui

 

 

On Thursday, April 26th at 6 PM, we are pleased to welcome back Bonnie Tsui for her book Why We Swim which released in paperback on April 13. An immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming--and on human behavior itself. 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, even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six‑hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what seduces us to water, despite its dangers, and why we come back to it again and again. She offers an immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming—and of human behavior itself. Please join us on April 26th for this incredible event.

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About:

Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught.

Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now in the 21st century we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha‑infested rivers to test our limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age, it’s therapeutic for both the mind and body, and it’s an adventurous way to get from point A to point B. It’s also one route to that elusive, ecstatic state of flow. These reasons, among many others, make swimming one of the most popular activities in the world.

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, even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six‑hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what seduces us to water, despite its dangers, and why we come back to it again and again. She offers an immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming—and of human behavior itself.


About the Author:

Bonnie Tsui lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area. A longtime contributor to the New York Times and California Sunday Magazine, she has been the recipient of the Jane Rainie Opel Young Alumna Award from Harvard University, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, and a National Press Foundation Fellowship. Her last book, American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and Best of 2009 Notable Bay Area Books selection. Her website is bonnietsui.com.


Praise For:

"[An] enthusiastic and thoughtful work mixing history, journalism and elements of memoir . . . Tsui sets out to answer her title's question with a compassionate understanding of how that mind game stops some and a curiosity about how and why it seduces others . . . Tsui endears herself to the reader as well. Her universal query is also one of self, and her articulations of what she learns are moving."
-The New York Times Book Review

 

"Tsui's history of the human relationship with water is compelling and profound, in writing so fluid it mimics the flow of her subject . . . It captivated me from start to finish."
-BuzzFeed (24 Books We Couldn't Put Down)

 

"A cultural history of humankind's relationship to bodies of water, an exploration of the benefits and dangers of submerging one's own body in it, a highlight reel of athletic feats of swimming and diving - and so much more. Author Bonnie Tsui creates space for readers to meditate on their own experiences in the water. As I read it I found an escape, but also a connection to the water and to fellow humans who are called to it."
-NPR's Book Concierge

 

"A thoughtful inquiry into human nature."
-Bustle (The 18 Most Anticipated Books Of April 2020)

 

"Bonnie Tsui captures the joy, peril and utility of swimming, within her family and across civilizations . . . The breadth of her reporting and grace of her writing make the elements of Why We Swim move harmoniously as one."
-The San Francisco Chronicle

Event date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Why We Swim Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616207861
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - April 14th, 2020

Why We Swim Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751375
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 13th, 2021