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Zao shang hao - Good morning!

Wang shang hao - Good evening!

It is over 2:00AM London time now…I have just finish my queued works before my next book tour in 30 hours…

I have been very busy in last week with two book events, two parties, then because US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting China, I was busy with BBC -5 interviews today from 11:00am to 21:00pm.

Therefore I couldn’t get my homework done as I planned: check the travel details, go through 8th events’ schedule (it should be the final one), prepare the clothes for the weather between -5’C to 25’C…two PPTs and one 12 pages presentation…and birthday presents for my husband, by the way, I feel very bad about this…how could I go on my book tour when he is on his birthday alone? I have made a gift by my hands for his birthday, I hope it could help our both hearts.

Anyhow, I have done all of the works by now. I thought I should set a vacation response for others email…just now, one new email jumps in from my friend in US — is that truth you are coming?

Yes, I am, here is the information for her, for you as well, if you would like to meet me at one of the following events…

Schedule of CHINA WITNESS book events in US will be:

Tuesday, February 24–St. Louis, MO

7:30pm Lecture in Principia Wanamaker Hall – followed by Q&A

Wednesday, February 25–Chicago, IL

7:00pm Bookstall event. 811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL 60093.

Thursday, February 26–San Francisco, CA

7:30pm Capitola Book Cafe event. 1475 41st Ave Capitola, CA 95010.

Friday, February 27–San Francisco, CA

7:30pm Berkeley Arts & Letters event. First Congregational Church of Berkeley,

2345 Channing Way (at Dana) Berkeley, CA 94704.

Saturday, February 28–Seattle, WA

4:30pm Elliott Bay Book Company event. 101 South Main St. Seattle, WA 98104. aka ‘Pirate TV’ will tape this event.

Sunday, March 1–St. Louis, MO

4:00pm Left Bank Books event. 399 N. Euclid Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108.

Monday, March 2–5 Canada

Ok, Good night, good morning… and good luck too!

Zhu nin hao yun — Good luck!

  1. Binh Said,

    Thank you bringing awareness about the lives of Chinese people through your honest and descriptive words. Besides admiration for Chinese beautiful landscapes, I also have a great respect for Chinese culture and people. I am a curious traveler who is always yearning to learn something new. When I read “China Witness”, I found it helpful to learn more about the conditions of living, culture, and society in which the Chinese people live. It also gave me a better view than many travel guides that I have read about China. I remember once I went to a travel guide bookstore and asked the clerk to help me to find some books on the remote and unpopular rural places in China, but the only respond that I got from the clerk was, “If the place is remote and unpopular, who is going to write a guide on it?” In my mind, I thought, “then those places are not deserved to be examined or what?” Anyway, in my opinion, the places in “China Witness” such as traditional tea houses in Linhuan, Qin Huai lantern workshop in Nanjing (Nanking?), road where the shoe-mender has worked in Zhengzhou, are worth to examine closely. I find that many so-called unpopular or remote places (which are not even on the travel guides) are eye-opened lessons, but the resources to these places, particular China, are very limited written in English, so do you have any suggestion or feedback on this?

    Best wishes,

  2. Harriet Wu Said,

    Dear Xinran,

    Hope you have been back to UK after a nice book tour.
    I am a journalist from pheonix Weekly, a journal held by Pheonix TV Media Group(HK). I am deeply interested in the book “China Witness” hence want to do an interview with you.
    If you could contact me by the email adress, I would give you more detailed thoughts and outline about this interview, which could be held by either online or by telephone.

  3. Xinran Said,

    Dear Harriet Wu:
    Thank you for your message。
    Please email to my agent to arrange the time for our conversation.
    Big regard.

  4. John Said,

    Congratulations on this wonderful book!
    Would you, or someone, happen to know where I could find a copy of this book in the original Chinese? I want to give it as a present to a Chinese friend. Thank you!

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