Literary Salon: Canyon Sam

LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Canyon Sam, Author of Sky Train:  Tibetan Women On the Edge of History





Canyon Sam

Monday, December 6, 2010 || 7pm
Book Passage || Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Drive, Corte Madera ||

December is a very special time for us. Every year we close a series of absolutely marvelous salons with an inspirational Presenter, one who embodies the spirit of community that means so much to our writers and to readers everywhere.  This year, we’ve asked Canyon Sam to speak. We expect this to be festive, a bit of a party, a chance to celebrate together, to congratulate one another on a year of good endeavor and offer support and inspiration for the year ahead. So we hope you’ll join the festivities and enjoy a wonderful evening with Canyon Sam.

Canyon Sam is a PEN award winning author, nationally acclaimed performance artist and activist from San Francisco.  A third generation Chinese American, Ms. Sam spent a year in Tibet, China and India when Tibet first opened in the mid 1980s.  Upon return to the States she worked as an early  Tibet activist in the U.S. — helping found the Tibetan Nuns Project, and speaking before Congress at their Tiananmen Square hearings on human rights.

Her groundbreaking book Sky Train:  Tibetan Women On the Edge of History (University of Washington Press, 2009), with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, reveals for the first time the untold narrative of Tibetan women and their unsung role in the occupation of their country.  Blending memoir and oral history, the author travels on China’s controversial new “Sky Train” to Lhasa in 2007 and crosses the Himalayas in search of women from her earlier oral history project.  Along with the gripping stories of women’s resistance, courage and spiritual resilience, the book also offers one of the first inside accounts of the recent drastic changes in Tibet due to  China’s meteoric rise to modernization.

Sky Train, over nineteen years in the making, won the 2010 PEN American Center’s Open Book Award.

“Remarkable…visceral and deeply felt.”      Publishers Weekly, starred review.

“A miracle of a journey, a miracle of a book.”     Maxine Hong Kingston.

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