One from the Heart Awards Breakfast

Thank you for joining Pathways’ 29th annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast with Featured Speaker Crime Thriller Author David Corbett

Pathways Home Health & Hospice recently held 29th annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast to raise vital funds for Pathways’ critical programs. Pathways supports filled the largest ballroom in the Mid-Peninsula for the October 24th event. Over the past 29 years, the event has raised more than $6.8 million to fund critical hospice and healthcare programs at Pathways.

Annie Chazen, daughter of Event Co-Chair and Pathways Foundation Board member Mari Chazen, reprised her role for the last time and announced a record-breaking $125,000 Matching Grant Challenge that runs through November 26th. All donations to One from the Heart during the match period will be doubled through the combined generosity of several long-term supporters.

At this year’s One from the Heart, our One from the Heart Awardee was long-time Pathways supporter and recently retired Washington Hospital CEO, Nancy Farber. Our Master of Ceremonies was the wonderful retired KTVU Channel 2 news reporter and recipient of multiple Emmy, Peabody, and Murrow awards, again lead the Breakfast. Our speaker, acclaimed author David Corbett, enthralled the audience with tales from his life experiences with losing close family and friends, and how these events help him shape the characters in his novels. See below for more information.

Our 2019 Featured Speaker

David Corbett
Acclaimed author David Corbett currently divides his time between Vallejo and the Norwegian coast. But his life wasn’t always so tranquil. Corbett spent 15 years as a private investigator with the San Francisco firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He played a significant part in high profile criminal and civil litigations, including the Cotton Club Murder Case, the People’s Temple Trial, and other drug, murder, and fraud cases.

Little wonder Corbett’s six thrillers have won accolades, from The Devil’s Redhead (2002) to his recent The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday (2018). Blood of Paradise was a Washington Post “Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers of 2007,” and Admiral James Stavridis put it on his Southern Command’s reading list. Corbett’s short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and other notable anthologies and journals.

Corbett is in great demand at writing workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The Art of Character, his 2013 writing guide, is considered one of the finest ever, and his articles on craft and theory have appeared in the New York Times and Writer’s Digest.
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Praise for David Corbett
“Corbett, like Robert Stone and Graham Greene before him, is crafting important, immensely thrilling books.”
—George Pelecanos

“[T]he best in contemporary crime fiction—or, if I may be so bold, in contemporary fiction, period.”
—Patrick Anderson, Washington Post

“Above all else, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday is a thrilling read. The characters are bold and finely drawn and their actions drive a compelling narrative to its violent crescendo. There were some fine thrillers published in 2018, but none measures up to David Corbett’s latest.”
—Peter Moreira, author of The Haight

“What a joy. What an amazing read. The writing is simply beautiful. The characters, all flawed, are all believable. The plot is fast-paced, but this is not your typical run and gun thriller. This is one of those novels you must read to the very last page to get the true meaning of the book. I am not often moved by a thriller. This is one I will remember for a long, long time.”
—Rick Pullen, best-selling author of Naked Ambition

“Oscar Wilde once quipped that the truth is rarely pure and never simple. Amen to that, says Blood of Paradise, David Corbett’s powerful and deeply unsettling novel of Americans attempting to navigate the perilous waters of post-civil-war El Salvador. …[T]the central character of this tale is the land in which it unfolds… Corbett writes knowingly and often lyrically of what El Salvador looks, sounds and feels like: its heat, its plants and animals, its foods, its beaches and lagunas. A Quiet American for the new century. Angry and impassioned, Blood of Paradise is that rare beast: a work of popular fiction that is both serious and thrilling.”
—John Connolly, author of The Book of Lost Things

“The Devil’s Redhead is a compelling, shocking and beautifully-written tour de force that super-glues you to your seat from the opening sentence…. A dazzling debut, as violent, gritty and dirty as noir crime writing gets but with a moving love story at its centre.”
—The Irish Independent

“[T]he plot doesn’t begin to tell this story, which comes from some deep well of suffering that finds its graphic expression in the noir vernacular of violence. …Corbett writes with an intensity of feeling that doesn’t gloss over their pain. … Without compromising the stark realism of his bruising style, Corbett has written an astonishingly tender love story.”
—New York Times Book Review


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