Sunday Afternoon with Kansas Author Eleanor Liu

book coverJoin author Eleanor Liu in the Topeka Room (204) on Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 2-3pm as she talks about her biography, The Red Thread, and her new children’s book Lao Li and His Beancurd which was illustrated by her granddaughter Melisande Liu.

The Red Thread recounts events and circumstances that shaped and determined the course of Eleanor’s life. Her childhood in a loving family, church, schooling, scouting, camping, and friendships were all important. Her marriage to a Chinese man in 1950 was unusual in the South. Their work, studies, family, trips with anecdotes of people and places are included. Descriptions of China since 1973 recount the many changes she has witnessed and give a unique perspective.book cover

The red string of fate or the red thread of destiny is an East Asian belief originating in Chinese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of those who are destined to marry each other. The deity in charge of “the red thread” is believed to be Yue Xia Lao ( 月下老 ), the old lunar matchmaker god in charge of marriages. The two connected are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.

Eleanor Liu has also authored a travel guide, Off the Beaten Path in Beijing and another children’s book.

A book signing will follow the author talk.  For more information please call the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.

Charity Rouse

Charity is a Public Service Specialist working with genealogy and local history reference in the Topeka Room/Genealogy. Her start at TSCPL came as a genealogy researcher soon after the Baker Genealogy Center opened in November 2007. In early 2009, she became a Genealogy volunteer and in May 2010 she came to work at TSCPL. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in December 2011. One of her favorite times of year is when the Topeka Room is decked out for the holidays.

  • Holly Skow

    Are you still living in Topeka? I am the activity director at Thornton Place retirement and was wondering if you’d be interested in coming and speaking to our residents about some of your writtings? You may even sell a few books!