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Elliott Bay Books reading on Jan. 16

In Seattle, theElliott Bay iconre is no more prestigious place for an author to appear than Elliott Bay Books. I've attended many readings there and celebrated newly published books with other authors. I've been the envious one in the audience, listening to the author's voice and wishing - wishing so hard! - that I could be behind that lectern doing that some day.

So you can imagine how thrilled I am to announce: I will be speaking about Daughter of Xanadu at Elliott Bay Books on Sunday, January 16th, at 2 p.m.

I love getting lost among

Mulan and Emmajin, alike but different

Several reviewers have noted the similarities between my character, Emmajin, and Mulan, the legendary Chinese heroine who was themulan

subject of a Disney animated film in 1998. Both were young Asian women who defied tradition by joining the army.

Was Emmajin inspired by Mulan?  She might have been.  No one knows if Hua Mulan was real or not, but her story was first

written as a ballad in the 6th century, well before Emmajin’s time, in the 13th century. So Emmajin might have heard of her.

If you liked Disney's charming, fun movie, Mulan, you should definitely enjoy reading Daughter of Xanadu!

But Emmajin is very different from Mulan.

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