Gifted writer shares stories

Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014, 8:55 am

Although born to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii, author Gail Tsukiyama has said in many ways she's as "American as apple pie."

She acknowledges that writing has helped her explore her heritage; her books help readers explore themes of family, courage and perseverance.

Gail TsukiyamaDrawing on her background, Tsukiyama's novels have ranged from the silk factories of early 20th century China (Women of the Silk) to the sumo stables of World War II Japan (The Street of a Thousand Blossoms) to a college town in contemporary California (Night of Many Dreams). Her most recent novel, A Hundred Flowers, tackles China during the Cultural Revolution.

She is also the author of The Samurai's Garden, The Language of Threads and Dreaming Water.

A recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, Booklist described her storytelling as "wise and spellbinding." Library Journal said, [She] "writes with great sensory detail, allowing her reader to touch, taste and feel the world she creates."

Tsukiyama will be in Worthington on June 26 at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC), 777 Evening St.

Tickets for her presentation, which starts at 7pm, can be purchased for $10, including a 6pm meet-the-author reception. Tickets are available now at the MAC; by phone at 614-431-0329; and online. In order to receive their discount, Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries members must use a special code when purchasing tickets; call 614-807-2605.

The Hear & Now author series is also sponsored by the MAC and Holiday Inn.

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