Free Event – Pauline Chen at Mac’s Backs
Thursday | 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
PAULINE CHEN AT MAC’S BACKS Pauline Chen will be at Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry (1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights) on Thursday, August 23rd at 7 p.m. to read from her new book The Red Chamber (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.)This event is free and open to the public. In this lyrical reimagining of the Chinese classic Dream of the Red Chamber, set against the breathtaking backdrop of eighteenth-century Beijing, the lives of three unforgettable women collide in the inner chambers of the Jia mansion. In this dazzling debut, Pauline A. Chen draws the reader deep into the secret, exquisite world of the women’s quarters of an aristocratic household, where the burnish of wealth and refinement mask a harsher truth: marriageable girls are traded like chattel for the family’s advancement, and to choose to love is to risk everything. Pauline A. Chen earned her B.A. in classics from Harvard, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her Ph.D. in East Asian studies from Princeton. She has taught Chinese language, literature, and film at the University of Minnesota and Oberlin College. She is also the author of a novel for young readers, Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas, and lives in Oberlin with her two children. Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights has three floors of new and used books, including a large selection of classics, mysteries ands science fiction. Mac’s Backs is a member of IndieBound, a partnership between national independent and community bookstores.