Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

The Friends of the Shannon Center Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

March 15, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Keynote speaker Nicole Mones


One of the earliest participants in U.S.-China trade after the Cold War ban was lifted in the nineteen-seventies, Nicole Mones began doing business in China immediately after the end of the Cultural Revolution. Convinced upon the deaths of leaders Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong in 1976 that China would slowly become a world power, looking for a way to finance her life so she could write, she picked one product, woolen cloth, and with time and experience learned to buy it in China and sell it in the U.S. and Italy. As an individual she traded textiles with China for eighteen years before she knew the country well enough to try writing about it. Now her novels NIGHT IN SHANGHAI, THE LAST CHINESE CHEF, LOST IN TRANSLATION, and A CUP OF LIGHT are in print in more than twenty-five countries and have received multiple juried prizes, including the Kafka Prize (year's best work of fiction by any American woman) and Kiriyama Prize (finalist; for the work of fiction which best improves understanding of any Pacific Rim Culture).

Mones’s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Gourmet, among other places. She is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.




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