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Book Talk "Ancestral Leaves" by Joseph W. Esherick
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 8:30pm

In celebration of the Asian Lunar New Year in February,
the Confucius Institute at PSU and the Institute for Asian Studies
are pleased to partner with Powell's Bookstore
to co-sponsor a series of "authors talks" on four new books on about CHINA.

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Wed, Feb. 9, 7:00pm
AUTHOR: Joseph W. Esherick
BOOK: Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey Through Chinese History

DESCRIPTION:  Joseph Esherick's uncommonly personal and intimate Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey Through Chinese History follows one family through 600 years of Chinese history and brings to life the epic narrative of the nation, from the 14th century to the Cultural Revolution.

LOCATION: Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing / 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton


Tues, Feb. 15, 7:30pm
AUTHOR:  Peter Hessler
BOOK:  Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip

DESCRIPTION:  From Peter Hessler, author of of Oracle Bones and River Town comes Country Driving:  A Chinese Road Trip,  the final book in his award-winning China trilogy,  reporting on the human side of the economic revolution in China.  Hessler, whom the Wall Street Journal calls "one of the Western world's most thoughtful writers on modern China," deftly illuminates the vast, shifting landscape of a traditionally rural nation that, having once built walls against foreigners, is now building roads and factory towns that look to the outside world. 

LOCATION:  Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, downtown Portland


Wed, Feb. 23, 7:30pm
AUTHOR: Liel Leibovitz & Matthew Miller
BOOK: Fortunate Sons

DESCRIPTION:  At the twilight of the 19th century, China sent a detachment of boys to America in order to learn the ways of the West, modernize the antiquated empire, and defend it from foreign invasion. After spending a decade in New English's finest schools, the boys returned home. Drawing on diaries, letters, and other first-person accounts, Liel Leibovitz & Matthew Miller's Fortunate Sons tells a remarkable tale, weaving together the dramas of their personal lives with the momentous thrust of a nation reborn, shedding light on a crucial yet largely unknown period in China's history.

LOCATION: Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, downtown Portland


Mon, Feb. 28, 7:30pm
AUTHOR: Susan Conley
BOOK: The Foremost Good Fortune

DESCRIPTION:  When Susan Conley moves with her family to Beijing, she can't imagine how much their lives will change. Then she learns she has cancer. "the Foremost Good Fortune" is her wry and poignant memoir. Part travelogue, part cultural history, it's also a candid look at mortality and belonging as well as a celebration of family.

LOCATION: Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, downtown Portland


Promotional co-sponsorship by:

The Confucius Institute at PSU and the PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Portland State University
tel.  503-725-8576