Tuesday, July 28, 2009

AMERICAN CHINATOWN by Bonnie Tsui

We were thrilled to receive finished copies of this wonderful book from the publisher today.

It has garnered the following pre-pub quotes:

A wonderfully revealing and compassionate trip into the real lives of men and women who straddle the world's two great powers. The graceful travelogue is from a hidden world in our own backyards. Tsui plunges into Chinatowns that are, like China itself, reinventing themselves before our eyes, showing not only what it means to be Chinese in the world, but also the spirit of self-invention that made America great."
-- EVAN OSNOS, BEIJING CORRESPONDENT, THE NEW YORKER

"A fascinating and thoughtful look at a thoroughly American phenomenon."
-- GISH JEN, AUTHOR OF THE LOVE WIFE

"In this masterful work, Bonnie Tsui charts the fascinating history of America's Chinatowns. From geography to economics to linguistics, she presents a vibrant, intimate portrait of communities that have played a crucial role in shaping the American landscape. There are dozens of evocative, exhilarating, and touching stories here, from those of a beauty queen to a Vegas poker dealer in training. Candid, witty, and always engaging, Tsui is a wonderful guide for these many journeys."
-- SARA HOUGHTELING, AUTHOR OF PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

"Bonnie Tsui has written affectionately and astutely about a subject very close to my heart: Chinatown. In speaking with old-timers, the first generation to grow up in Chinatown, and the newest immigrants, she has captured the ways that five Chinatowns connect their inhabitants to culture, history, language, food, and to China itself -- even if they've never been there. She has looked beyond the colorful tourist facades to find unique neighborhoods that serve as home for some, refuges for others, and places of memory for all."
-- LISA SEE, AUTHOR OF SHANGHAI GIRLS AND SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN

Bonnie's reading schedule is as follows:

August 11, 2009: Launch party! Slideshow, reading, and talk
7:30 pm, The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco, CA; 415-863-8688

August 12, 2009: Interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation
12 pm Pacific, check here for broadcast schedule near you

August 15, 2009: Radio interview with Peter Greenberg Worldwide
Check here for broadcast schedule near you

August 19, 2009: Live interview at KALW in San Francisco
2 pm Pacific, New America Now, on NPR

August 19, 2009: Reading & talk *UPDATED LOCATION!
6 pm, Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA; 415-835-1020

August 25, 2009: Reading & talk
7:30 pm, Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA; 650-324-4321

August 27, 2009: Reading & talk
7:30 pm, Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, CA; 510-704-8222

September 3, 2009: Reading & talk
7 pm, Books, Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA; 415-776-1111

September 13, 2009: Reading & talk
2 pm, Chinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery St., New York, NY; 212-912-2460

September 14, 2009: Slideshow, reading & talk
6:30 pm, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., New York, NY; 212-619-4785

September 15, 2009: Reading & talk
7 pm, Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., New York, NY; 212-777-6028

September 29, 2009: Reading & talk
6 pm, A joint event by the Mechanics Institute and the Asia Society, 57 Post St.,

San Francisco, CA; 415-393-0114
November 7, 2009: Slideshow & talk

2 pm, San Francisco Public Library, Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., San Francisco, CA; 415-355-2888
February 9, 2010: Slideshow & talk in honor of Lunar New Year

6 pm, Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., San Francisco, CA; 415-391-1188
February 11, 2010: Discussion & lecture

6 pm, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Herb Caen Magazines & Newspapers Center, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA; 415-437-4844

February 23, 2010: Slideshow & lecture
10:30 am, City College of San Francisco, Downtown Campus Library,
88 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA; 415-267-6505

February 26, 2010: Friday evening lecture series at CUNY
6 pm, Asian American/Asian Research Institute, City University of New York,
25 West 43rd St., Rm. 1000, New York, NY; 212-869-0182

March 6, 2010: Signing & presentation as part of the Lantern Festival
in conjunction with “Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection” exhibit
Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA; 213-485-8567

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yuval Taylor on WNYC's Soundcheck

Yuval Taylor, co-author of FAKING IT: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music, talks about the new wave of theatricality in music and why sometimes fake is what feels most real with Anne Powers.