The show that brought intimate conversations with leading figures in politics, media entertainment and sports to the Chattanooga is now slated to host a hometown author whose work revealed a previously shuttered world.

For the inaugural year of fundraising event Studio 45, Alison Lebovitz of the WTCI program “The A List with Alison Lebovitz” will interview Arthur Golden, the author of “Memoirs of a Geisha.” Golden plans to discuss his upcoming book: another historical fiction that is based on a young boy from the Netherlands as he immigrates to the U.S. in the 1800s.

Studio 45 will replace the Be More Awards as WTCI’s signature fundraiser.


Tickets to the March 7 event include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, tours and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the WTCI-PBS studio and a seat in the audience for the live question-and-answer session with the internationally known author.

Memoirs of a Geisha,” which was Golden’s debut work, hit bookstores in 1997 and went on to sell more than 4 million copies in English, be translated into 32 languages and appear on the silver screen as a 2005 motion picture.

The novel traces the life of a fictional geisha from her impoverished beginnings by the sea into one of the most guarded and traditional worlds within Japanese culture and through a nation’s transition in the time of World War II and after.


Golden’s book was adapted for a 2005 film