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Time: April 24, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: City Opera House
Street: 106 E. Front St.
City/Town: Traverse City
Website or Map: http://www.nationalwritersser…
Event Type: literary
Organized By: Traverse City National Writers Series (NWS)
Latest Activity: on Tuesday
An Evening with Anchee Min and guest host Ron Hogan, who helped create the literary internet by launching Beatrice.com in 1995.
Anchee Min was born in Shanghai in 1957. At seventeen she was sent to a labor collective, where a talent scout for Madame Mao’s Shanghai Film Studio recruited her to work as a movie actress. She moved to the United States in 1984. Her first memoir, Red Azalea, was an international bestseller, published in twenty-seven countries. She has since published six novels, including Empress Orchid, Becoming Madame Mao, and, most recently, Pearl of China.
20 years ago Anchee Min made her literary debut with Red Azalea, her acclaimed memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. Two decades later her follow-up memoir, The Cooked Seed, picks up where Red Azalea left off. She arrives in America in 1984 with $500 in her pocket, no English and a plan to study art in Chicago. Min teaches herself English by watching Sesame Street, keeps herself afloat working five jobs at once, lives in unheated rooms, suffers rape, collapses from exhaustion, marries poorly and divorces. But she also gives birth to her daughter, Lauryann, who will inspire her and finally root her in her new country.
Min’s eventual successes, her writing career, a daughter at Stanford, a second husband she loves, are remarkable, but it is her struggle throughout toward genuine self-hood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal.
$25 General Admission ($36 ticket plus book); $35 Reserved ($46 ticket plus book); $50 Premium Reserved ($61 ticket plus book); Educator Discount: $5 off ticket price with valid ID; Student Discount: $10 off ticket price with valid ID.
Tickets available online at www.cityoperahouse.org.