9th Annual Literary Festival at ODU: October 6-9, 1986


Maxine Hong Kingston, 9th Annual ODU Literary Festival

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Batten Arts and Letters Auditorium

Author/Artist Bio

Maxine Hong Kingston won the highly coveted National Book Critic Circle Award for her first book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. Of her work Publisher's Weekly has said, "Immersed in the myths, legends and superstitions of her ancestors, Kingston has a magical facility for conveying an exotic culture and its people in precise, stunning detail. Seldom are we able to step with such ease into a culture so different from ours, and to emerge with a sympathetic understanding, tinged with awe and respect for the mysterious power of an ancient civilization."

A Book of the Month Club main selection, Kingston's second book, China Men, was excerpted in The New Yorker, Redbook, and The American Poetry Review.

Ms. Kingston will open the Literary Festival with her reading Monday night at 8 p.m. She will speak on nonfiction writing on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.


Kingston read on Wednesday, October 6, 1986 at the Batten Arts and Letters Auditorium in Norfolk, Virginia at 8 p.m.


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