When I opened up my email this morning, I received great news from one of my former clients, Sharline Chiang, with whose memoir Beijing Blues I assisted in the early proposal phase. An excerpt from her memoir has just been published in a new anthology by Seal Press. The book is titled Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence.
The book features essays, poems and artwork by various writers and artists, including prominent writers such as Janice Mirikitani, Ishle Yi Park (one of the best spoken-word performers I have ever seen), and Aya de Leon, with a foreword by Chitra Lekha Divakaruni.
Sharline participates in the launch of the book tonight at Books Inc. in San Francisco (7 p.m. – 601 Van Ness, inside Opera Center). She will read her chapter, and then get back to the business of selling the memoir to a publisher. Beijing Blues is a gripping account of a journalist’s adaptation to a China caught between reform and communism – and the harrowing personal experiences she faced, including with her partner at the time, when the government cracked down as the 21st century arrived.