Critically acclaimed author Da Chen will be stopping by the Tuckahoe Public Library on Wednesday Oct. 17 for an event surrounding the release of his latest work My Last Empress.
Chen grew up in China and graduated from Columbia University Law School.
Brothers, Da Chen’s first work of fiction, made the 2006 best book lists of the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and Publishers Weekly.
His other books include the New York Times bestselling memoir Colors of the Mountain, Sounds of the River, Wandering Warrior, and China’s Son. He lives in California with his wife and two children.
In his latest work My Last Empress, Chen’s narrator Samuel Pickens recounts the tragedy of his lost love and the beguiling transcendent bond that remains to lure him into a life of palace intrigue and scandal in imperial China, forever bound to his search for a love phantasmal and ethereal as stated in a recent press release.
Comparing the process of writing My Last Empress to the traditional Chinese art of calligraphy, Chen, views his latest novel as an “homage to the art of prose and poetry making.”
“I didn’t write this book,” says Chen, who spent nearly ten years crafting the novel, “I stitched one word and another onto this tapestry.”
The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information on Chen, visit his website at dachen.org.