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Grace Winter Forum Online with Bonnie Tsui: Why We Swim

Monday, May 3 @ 6:00 pm

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 piranhainfested 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.  

Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer and surfer, is a longtime journalist for The New York Times and the author of American Chinatown; her first children’s book, Sarah and the Big Wave, about the first woman to surf Mavericks; and Why We Swim

Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with the author about what seduces us to water despite its dangers, why we come back to it again and again, and what that says about being human.  

We encourage you to purchase Why We Swim here if you haven’t already gotten your copy!  

And Sarah and the Big Wave here! 

Register here soon to join the Zoom webinar. 

Space is limited. The Forum will also be broadcast on Facebook, and posted on our Youtube channel for viewing following the livestream.   

You can help us bring the arts to life at Grace with a gift today to The Forum. Click here to give or text Think to 76278.   

About the guest 

Bonnie Tsui is a longtime journalist for The New York Times and the author of WHY WE SWIM, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a TIME Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020, an NPR Best Book of 2020, and a Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe bestseller. It is currently being translated into seven languages. Her first children’s book, SARAH & THE BIG WAVE, about the first woman to surf Mavericks, will be published in May. She lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area. 

WATCH Author Bonnie Tsui Talking about WHY WE SWIM 

LEGO book trailer by Teddy Elliott and LEGO book trailer by Felix Elliott (Bonnie’s sons)  

About the host   

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

About The Forum  

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  More about Grace Forum Online