|Title:||Meet the Author - Jana McBurney-Lin|
|Category:||Adults and Teens|
Saturday, January 26, 2013
|Time:||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.|
|Jana McBurney-Lin - Author of “My Half of the Sky”|
Jana McBurney-Lin, author of “My Half of the Sky” will be the featured speaker at a Meet the Author program at the Petaluma Regional Library on Saturday, January 26, at 11:00 a.m. During the program, Ms McBurney-Lin will read from, discuss and answer questions about her book.
Ms. Burney-Lin worked on “My Half of the Sky”, her debut novel, for fifteen years. The China depicted in the novel was born out of her many adult years spent in Asia. Her longtime interest in Chinese culture - and especially the way cultures shape who we are - led her to write this story. The author spent eight years in Singapore with her Fujian-born husband, while serving as an editor for ALC Press in Japan. She has served as President of the California Writers Club Peninsula Branch and founded Kids’ Camp, an annual conference for young writers. Though now living in California, Jana returns to China for a month every year with her family
Published in the United States in 2006, this 533-page debut novel received not only rave reviews but several awards and distinctions. “My Half of the Sky” introduces Li Hui, a young Chinese woman of marriageable age who has recently graduated from the university. Li Hui struggles with finding love and acting with honor. Guidance and advice come from all corners of her world as well as different and conflicting generational, historical and cultural values. This original and insightful work is in the best traditions of classic novels that explore people caught in the crucible of change in complex cultures. Anyone who enjoys Asian-themed literature will certainly want to attend this program and hear Ms. McBurney-Lin’s remarks.
The program will be presented in the Helen Putnam Community Room of the Petaluma Regional Library located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma. Copies of “My Half of the Sky” will be available for sale and a book-signing will follow the author’s remarks. The public is invited to attend the program, which is being sponsored by the Friends of the Petaluma Library, free of charge.