Archive for September, 2013

A Place Like Home

September 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

Today is the perfect kind of day for going to an outdoor book fair–high blue skies, warm sunshine, and cool autumn breezes. We’ve had a string of gorgeous fall days, which still surprises me after the hot summer weeks I spent in China. Last night I gave a reading as part of the first annual Pygmalion Lit Fest, a new appendage of the Pygmalion Music Fest. I read a new story set in China, which made for an interesting selection. Giving a public reading of work that is about to … More »

China, Warm and Fuzzy

September 3, 2013 | 3 Comments

The sun is slanting at an angle through the large, tinted Illinois Terminal windows. It’s a cool 64 degrees here in Champaign, Illinois. China, with its heat and humidity, is becoming a distant memory. I’m on my way to Chicago to give a reading tonight at Hopleaf Bar, part of the Tuesday Funk series. I’m honored to be reading with Aleksandar Hemon, whose new memoir, The Book of My Lives, was released in March by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux .

It’s been exactly a month since I came home from … More »