Saturday, February 18, 2012

UC Davis Honors Children's Author Feb. 23, excerpt

Children's literature event honors Ying Chang Compestine

February 16, 2012

By Dateline staff


In connection with Words Take Wing, the General Library presents an exhibition of selected works by Ying Chang Compestine. Look for the exhibition in the lobby of Shields Library, through winter quarter.

UC Davis is once again flying high in celebration of diversity in children’s literature, at the annual Words Take Wing program, this year featuring the author Ying Chang Compestine.

She is due on campus next Thursday, Feb. 23, to present two programs, one primarily for children and the other for adults. Both programs are open to the public.

Born in Wauhau, China, Compestine came to the United States more than 20 years ago to attend graduate school. She is married now, living in the San Francisco Bay Area and writing in English.

She has written for young adults (the multiple award-winning Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, drawing from her childhood and described as “Anne Frank in the Cultural Revolution,” and A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts) and for younger ages (Boy Dumplings and The Runaway Rice Cake, as well as picture books).

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