“History, poetry, art, and family come together in Mary Ann Hogan’s loving exploration of her journalist father’s life. Her quest to understand this gifted and complicated man is a delight to read, leaving us with a rich portrait of not one, but two consequential lives.”
—Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor, PBS NewsHour
Reading from the new book Circle Way, Eric Newton will explore his late wife Mary Ann Hogan’s relationship with her father, longtime SF Chronicle book editor Bill Hogan. Despite a life of letters, Bill never wrote a memoir. Mary Ann hoped writing her book would redeem them. But she died before finishing, so Eric wrote the final chapter.
Circle Way will be available for purchase at the event.
Attendees must be fully vaccinated and masked to attend.
Circle Way is illustrated with Bill’s sketches and paintings; he was a Mill Valley resident most of his life, and a student of Ann O’Hanlon’s after he retired from the Chronicle.
Mary Ann Hogan grew up in the family home on Circle Way. attending Tam High just down the hill. She was a writing teacher and nationally syndicated journalist, best known in the Bay Area from her work at the Oakland Tribune. Eric was editor of the Mill Valley Record from 1979 to 1982, and went on to a national career in journalism, philanthropy, and education. He read some of Circle Way’s final chapter in poetry form at the O’Hanlon center and attended its virtual poetry classes during the pandemic.