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Pepperdine Libraries Hosts Author Maxine Hong Kingston

July 27, 2012  | 1 min read

Maxine Hong KingstonAcclaimed writer Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and China Men, discussed her memoir, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, on April 16 in the Kresge Reading Room of Payson Library. She was joined by her husband, actor Earl Kingston, who read selections from the book.

"Maxine Hong Kingston provided the perfect capstone to Pepperdine University Libraries' 'year of Diversity' speaker series," comments dean of Libraries Mark Roosa. "She drew from her very personal writings about coming of age and the Chinese American experience; about surviving the Berkeley fire that destroyed a manuscript she had been writing for two years; and concluded by reading a piece that was a salute to Pepperdine and the Malibu community: an essay on surfing. She was thoughtful, funny, and inspiring—just as her books are."

Kingston is Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Woman Warrior and the National Book Award for China Men. The New York Times Book Review called Tripmaster Monkey "a dazzling leap of imaginative sympathy and narrative magic," and John Leonard in Harper's Magazine wrote of The Fifth Book of Peace, "Kingston is a lotus, a flowering of divine intellect."