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Groundbreaking Author Maxine Hong Kingston to Read at The Writer’s Center February 4
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Groundbreaking Author Maxine Hong Kingston to Read at The Writer’s Center February 4

Maxine Hong Kingston, the acclaimed author of The Woman Warrior, will visit The Writer’s Center to read from her most recent work, the memoir I Love a Broad Margin to My Life.  A highly distinguished fiction and non-fiction writer, Kingston has been awarded many of literature’s top honors, including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Award, the presidentially conferred National Humanities Award, and, most recently, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

 The event will begin at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, February 4th at The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20814. You can purchase your tickets ($15; $10 for TWC members) by calling The Writer's Center at 301.654.8664 or by visiting our Web site here: www.writer.org.

In I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, Kingston uses Walt Whitman-inspired free verse to revisit characters and themes from past works, and to reflect on her life and journey thus far. Other noteworthy titles include: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, and The Fifth Book of Peace.

Kingston’s books speak to the challenges and triumphs of growing up as a first-generation Chinese-American female. She combines personal and familial experiences with fiction to expose readers to the racial, sexual, and ethnic divides within American culture. Time Magazine, in its 60 Years of Asian Heroes issue, praised Hong Kingston: “She [has] overturned traditional notions of what it mean[s] to be a Chinese woman.”

 

About The Writer’s Center: The Writer's Center cultivates the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work.  We are an independent literary organization with a global reach, rooted in a dynamic community of writers. As one of the premier centers of our kind in the country, we believe the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages.  Writing is interdisciplinary and unique among the arts for its ability to touch on all aspects of the human experience.  It enriches our lives and open doors to knowledge and understanding. The Writer's Center is supported in part by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Writer’s Center also receives funding from the Cafritz Foundation, the Tau Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Writer’s Center gratefully acknowledges assistance received from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington’s Business Volunteers for the Arts program.

 

 

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