Fireside Reading Series: Wang Ping
Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi
This season, we’re asking our Fireside authors to talk about what “home” means to them. Our goal is to complement the citywide conversation happening this winter as part of Read Brave Saint Paul, an intergenerational reading program whose 2019 theme is housing.
About the Book:
There are only two ways to live our life, according to Albert Einstein: one is as if nothing is a miracle; the other, as if everything is a miracle. In a memoir that spans two rivers, two continents, and two cultures, Wang tells the story of how the impossible became possible – about things that happened in China and America to the people she grew up with, met, and befriended along her journeys between two distant rivers. This is also a story about water, alive with spirits and energy, giving birth to all sentient beings. Those who live in harmony with water can ride the current of the universe – the secret of Tao, reaching all the way to the sea of miracles, one story, one droplet, and one wave at a time.
About the Author:
Wang is a poet, writer, photographer, performance, and multimedia artist. Her publications have been translated into multiple languages and include poetry, short stories, novels, cultural studies, and children’s stories. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NEA grant, the Bush Artist Fellowship for poetry, the McKnight Fellowship for nonfiction, and a Minnesota Book Award. She is a professor of English at Macalester College and founder of Kinship of Rivers project.
About the Series
With cookies in one hand and coffee in the other, enjoy six weeks of free readings at Hamline Midway Library. The Fireside Reading Series, one of The Friends’ oldest and most popular events, annually highlights the work of some of Minnesota’s finest writers who have published a new work in the previous year. Programs are accompanied by coffee, cider, cookies, and book signings. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Full Fireside Series
Wednesday, January 23
Sarah Stonich, Laurentian Divide
Wednesday, January 30
Wang Ping, Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi
Wednesday, February 6
Gary Eldon Peter, Oranges
Wednesday, February 13
Heid E. Erdrich & Gwen Westerman, New Poets of Native Nations
Wednesday, February 20
Martin Case, The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property
Wednesday, February 27
Karen Babine, All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer