||9th Annual Literary
Old Dominion University
October 6-9, 1986
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. [extracted from 1986 brochure]