Join 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.
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.