author & narrator
Mark Salzman is an award-winning novelist and nonfiction author. It was Salzman’s proficiency on the cello that facilitated his acceptance to Yale when 16. After college, where he majored in Chinese and philosophy, he taught English in China for two years and studied martial arts. His first memoir, Iron and Silk, inspired by his years in China, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and received the Christopher Award. His book True Notebooks is a fascinating look at his experiences as a writing teacher at Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for violent teenage offenders. Salzman is also the author of the memoir Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia, and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist and Lying Awake. Salzman’s cello playing appears on the soundtrack to several films, including the Academy Award®-winning documentary Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien. He has also played with Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax at Lincoln Center.