Maxine Hong Kingston
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Reception and Book Signing to Follow
Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and China Men, is a prolific academic and autobiographical writer whose books have received numerous awards. She has written three novels and several non-fiction works about the experiences of Chinese immigrants living in the United States. She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with a BA in English in 1962, the same year she married Earl Kinston. They have a son named Joseph.
The Woman Warrior (1976) was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and China Men (1980) was awarded the 1981 National Book Award. She has also written one novel, Tripmaster Monkey, To Be the Poet, The Fifth Book of Peace, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace and I love a Broad Margin to My Life.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton awarded Hong Kingston the National Humanities Medal. She was also on the committee that picked the design for the quarter representing the state of California. In July 2014, Kingston was awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
An activist, Hong Kingston was arrested in March 2003 in Washington, D.C., for crossing a police line during a protest against the war in Iraq. Her interactions with war veterans, has been a big influence on some of her books including The Fifth Book of Peace and Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace.
Maxine Hong Kingston resides in Oakland.