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‘Orange County Reads One Book’ Kicks Off Feb. 5
by Gail Matsunaga

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from Dateline (January 30, 2003)

Author Adeline Yen Mah on hand to sign book.

Author Adeline Yen Mah on hand to sign book.

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Orange County residents will be challenged to form the largest book club of its kind with the Feb. 5 launch of “Orange County Reads One Book,” a countywide effort to strengthen literacy, community building, and multigenerational and multicultural understanding. Cal State Fullerton is hosting the kickoff festivities, which will include the introduction and celebration of the New York Times best seller Falling Leaves – and its companion children’s book Chinese Cinderella – by Huntington Beach author Adeline Yen Mah.

Activities will begin with a press conference, followed by a 3 p.m. program featuring Yen Mah. Program co-chairs William M. Habermehl, Orange County Department of Education superintendent, and Steven N. Barth, Los Angeles Times vice president of classified advertising/general manager, Los Angeles Times Interactive, will invite county residents to read Falling Leaves and Chinese Cinderella over the next six weeks, then participate in discussions, programs, art events, seminars and activities that will include opportunities to meet the author.

Book cover of Chinese Cinderella

Students from middle and high schools also will be on hand to share their personal thoughts and experiences about Chinese Cinderella. After the program, Yen Mah will be available to sign her books, which the Titan Bookstore has on display and for sale, in addition to Cinderella stories from other countries, including Persia, Mexico, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia, Philippines and Laos.

In the weeks ahead, the campus community will have opportunities to further explore the books and learn more about Yen Mah in a Pollak Library exhibit that will feature a BBC program on the author’s return to China; pages from her original manuscripts; letters and pictures from readers; family photos; and items relating to various aspects of Yen Mah’s life.

Additionally, several classes will include Falling Leaves in this semester’s curriculum.

The university also is participating in “One Book, One City” a project with the city of Santa Ana to encourage residents to read John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Coordinated primarily through Grand Central Art Center, activities and programs appealing to all ages have been ongoing and will continue through April.

Media Contacts: Karon Cornell, Community Relations, 657-278-7119 or kcornell@fullerton.edu
Mary Barton, Orange County Reads One Book program director, (562) 433-0074 or mebarton@aol.com
Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, 657-278-4851 or gmatsunaga@fullerton.edu

 


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Orange County Reads One Book
When: Wednesday, Feb. 5
Where: Titan Bookstore and adjacent lawn, Cal State Fullerton
Program:

2:30 p.m.
— media briefing, Academic Senate Chambers (rear of Titan Bookstore)
3 p.m. — pubic kickoff, on the lawn adjacent to Titan Book-store. Program co-chairs William M. Habermehl, Orange County Department of Education superintendent, and Steven N. Barth, Los Angeles Times vice president of classified advertising and general manager of Los Angeles Times Interactive, will invite county residents to read Falling Leaves and Chinese Cinderella over the next six weeks and participate in discussions, programs, art events, seminars and activities throughout Orange County that will include opportunities to meet the author. In addition, students from middle and high schools will be on hand to share their thoughts and experiences regarding Chinese Cinderella.
4 p.m. — book signing with Yen Mah

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