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The weather was perfect in Chicago today: bright sunshine, warm, and pleasant. I thanked everyone who attended my book event at the Clearing Library branch on the southwest side of Chicago. Janette, who works at the Harold Washington Library and has coordinated all my Chicago library events, appeared in person.  She introduced me to Mary, the Clearing branch manager. Mary’s warm welcoming manner and friendliness made me feel right at home.  

Listening to readers resonating with my family members, especially Nainai, my grandmother, my mother and father, was most gratifying. How I wish Nainai could hear their comments about her caring and strong personality up in heaven. The love and attachment I feel for her today is as strong as they were when I was a child. I’m so pleased many readers feel the same love for her as well.  

I was very impressed by the questions people in the audience raised: from my siblings’ names , the hardships our family members were subjected to, the stoic manner of my mother, to the political situation of the time. Apparently, they had read the book carefully and drilled into issues that required deeper examination of the culture and tradition. Their care, resonation and understanding warmed my heart.

The event lasted for an hour and a half. A few people stayed behind and continued our discussion. By the time I walked out of the library with Janette, it was almost 9 PM.  We started talking about the next event during the Book Festival Month upcoming up. I felt privileged to participate in the programs of the Chicago city libraries.  Reading and cross cultural communication and understanding are very important elements of our lives today.

 

Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China. www.mulberrychild.com 

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