Pearl S. Buck, the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, daughter of missionaries in China, used her background as the starting point for her best-selling novel “The Good Earth” and dozens of other publications.
Now her life is the subject of a novel, “Pearl of China,” by Anchee Min (Bloomsbury USA, 288 pages, $24). Min’s other works include the novels “Becoming Madame Mao” and “Empress Orchid,” and the memoir “Red Azalea.”
“Pearl of China” is a narrative account of Buck’s life in China -- from her childhood through the Boxer Rebellion, China’s civil war and the reign of Mao -- told from the point of view of a fictional close friend.
If you go
ANCHEE MIN BOOK-SIGNING
What: Reading and book-signing by Anchee Min, author of “Pearl of China”
Where: Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
For more information, call 316-682-1181.
Meteorologist Mike Smith will make appearances in Wichita to read from, discuss and sign his new book, “Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather” (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 304 pages, $24.95).
In his book, Smith offers his perspective on recent weather events, including a detailed account of the Greensburg tornado, and the development of meteorological science and technology over the past 50 years.
If you go
MIKE SMITH BOOK-SIGNINGS
What: Readings, discussions and book-signings by Mike Smith, author of “Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather”
When and where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Watermark Books, 4701 E. Douglas
1 p.m. Saturday at the west-side Borders, 2441 N. Maize Road