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Dori speaks at Independent Book Publishers panel

"Beyond the Click: There's More to Publishing than Uploading a File" was the topic of a panel of experts including Dori Jones Yang at the Independent Book Publishers Association conference in Chicago on Friday, April 26, 2013. Here is a link to the full audio recording of the panel discussion.

She spoke as an author who has published three books through traditional publishers and also self-published four books through her own imprint, East West Insights.

 IBPA's "Publishing University" attracted publishing professionals from all over the United States with information-packed seminars developed and led by industry leaders. This year's opening keynote speaker was Guy Kawasaki, whose latest book, APE: Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur, is a hands-on how-to about self-publishing. The conference theme was "Discoverability: How to Reach Your Reader and Sell More Books." 

Cocoons of Silk


Just published: Cocoons of Silk: A True Romance from 1930s China

Any reader with a romantic heart and curiosity about life in China during the early 20th century will find this true story fascinating. A Chinese man recalls the tangled love story that wrapped him in cocoons of silk in his youth and caused him to make what we'd call today unwise decisions. A gifted young teacher with a flair for writing music and street dramas during a turbulent time in Chinese history, he rebels against the old-fashioned custom of arranged marriages. But in that era, love matches were scandalous, and those who sent love letters left themselves open to blackmail.

How will he disentangle himself? And how will it change his life forever?  The book is now available here. Check out the reviews on

Dori Jones Yang and her husband, Paul, translated this memoir from Chinese into English and arranged for publication. We think you'll enjoy it!

Announcing the publication of Son of Venice

 Sequel published in June 2012: Son of Venice

In June, East West Insights published Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo, sequel toDaughter of Xanadu. Since then, many bloggers have featured Son of Venice in the book launch blog tour and numerous reviews have appeared. For author interviews and guest posts, see:

July 27 - I Am a Reader Not a Writer, by Kathy Habel.

July 25 - ReadingWorld, by Susan Coventry.

July 24 - Manga Maniac Cafe, by Julie, on "Weren't the Mongols Bad Guys?"

Speech at Library of Congress

It was a big honor for me to speak at the Library of Congress on September 13, 2012.

At the invitation of Reme Grefalda, curator of the Asian American Pacific Islander collection at the Library of Congress, I spoke about my book Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle.  I focused on "why" and "how" I undertook this oral history project and told about stumbling blocks along the way. I also read quotes from three of the interviewees, expressing the conflicts they felt about their identities as Chinese Americans. The audience asked some great questions.

Two of the Chinese Americans whose life stories are in the book attended the talk: Dr. Agnes Lee and Dr. Shiang-Yu Lee, both of whom flew out from Seattle for the event. The Library of Congress has requested the original audio recordings and full-length transcripts as primary source materials for researchers interested in the "second wave" generation of Chinese immigrants to the U.S.

Also, I was interviewed recently on a new website called, answering questions about my life and writing. Here is the link.

Honors for Daughter of Xanadu

- Daughter of Xanadu has been published in both Mongolian  and Turkish.

- "Outstanding Merit," Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year, 2012.

- National Council for the Social Studies has selected Daughter of Xanadu for its 2012 master list of Notable Tradebooks for Young People.

- The American Library Association has chosen Daughter of Xanadu as a 2012 Recommended Title for the Amelia Bloomer project, which celebrates feminist books for children and young adults.

- The paperback version of Daughter of Xanadu was published on in January 2012. It's available through your favorite bookstore and online from and The publisher is Ember, a new imprint established in May 2011 by Random House for paperback versions of "bestsellers and award winners."

I've done several readings and school visits recently. Last fall, I was busy on book tour, with seven appearances in October, ranging from Mercer Island to New Canaan, from Silverdale to Shaker Heights, from Portland, Oregon, to Youngstown, Ohio - from 'Bookfest' to 'Fall at the Mall,' from schools to skype.

Still getting great reactions from readers!

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