Maxine Hong Kingston: Exclusive Interview & Reading from I Love a Broad Margin to My Life
Tune in for an intimate conversation with legendary writer Maxine Hong Kingston, National Book Award winner and author of Woman Warrior and China Men. Her new memoir, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, has just been published by Knopf.
Kingstonís new book, a memoir told in verse, is a meditation on war, death and dying, and relationships with aging parents, far-off relatives, and longtime loves. Classic characters like Tripmaster Monkey and the Woman Warrior return. "I am 35 years-to-go," writes the 70-year-old Kingston. "I have a superstition that as long as I / any writer, have things to write, I keep living."
Captivating, thoughtful, and disarmingly forthright, she joins us for an exclusive and wide-ranging conversation. She reads from I Love a Broad Margin to My Life and reflects on her role in building a literary Asian America, the failure of words as a form of communication, and what she would have done if she hadnít been a writer.
Maxine Hong Kingston is a Chinese American author and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a BA in English in 1962. Kingston has written three novels and several works of non-fiction about the experiences of Chinese immigrants living in the United States. She has contributed to the feminist movement with such works as her memoir The Woman Warrior, which discusses gender and ethnicity and how these concepts affect the lives of women. Kingston has received several awards for her contributions to Chinese American Literature including the National Book Award in 1981 for her novel China Men.
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