Authors on China, on tornadoes

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


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


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