For me as a writer, the sweetest joy is when I celebrate a new book with friends. Plus, I love supporting local independent bookstores.
So if you are in the Seattle area, please join me at one of my book launch parties:
Saturday, August 26, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Brick & Mortar Books
7430 164th Avenue NE, Redmond Town Center
(eager to support this brand-new independent bookstore)
Sunday, September 10, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Island Books
3014 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island
(a favorite local indie bookstore for years)
I’ll be talking about the book and showing some slides, and then we’ll celebrate with food, drinks, and a signing. R.S.V.P.
The book, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, is a novel for readers aged 10 to 14. The story of two fictional Chinese boys who were sent to the United States by their government in 1875, it is based on a real historical event and deals with cross-cultural adaptation and how Americans respond to foreigners in our midst. It was inspired by—and dedicated to—my friend Peter Tonglao, whose grandfather was one of the real 120 boys sent to America in the 1870s. I think it’s important that American kids know about this and try to imagine what it feels like to be an outsider in our country.
More independent local bookstores I love:
My dad was an independent bookseller in Ohio. Hope you'll shop at your local bookstore and help keep independent bookstores healthy!