Hungary, Diplomacy, and Collaboration: A Conversation with Ayelet Waldman and Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis

Ayelet Waldman’s highly acclaimed novel Love and Treasure was researched by the author while staying at the home of her friend, Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, at the time U.S. Ambassador to Hungary. When Kounalakis returned home to San Francisco from her posting, Waldman coached her through the process of writing her memoir, Madam Ambassador: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest. The two women will discuss Hungary, diplomacy, writing and women helping women.