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Reflections on an Immigration Story: In Conversation with Livia Blackburne
February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
About this Event
Livia Blackburne is the New York Times bestselling author of the picture book I Dream of Popo, about a young girl who immigrates to California from Taiwan and her relationship with the grandmother she leaves behind. The book is written, illustrated, and edited by Taiwanese Americans, giving the book an authentic perspective on the immigrant experience. Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus magazine have both given it starred reviews, which they reserve for books of exceptional merit. Before becoming an author, Blackburne studied biochemical sciences at Harvard University and earned her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In her presentation, Blackburne will talk about the immigrant experience, the importance of having minority groups tell their own stories, and about her own journey toward becoming a writer. Blackburne and the book’s illustrator Julia Kuo discuss the inspiration behind the book in at https://smarturl.it/popotrailer. I Dream of Popo is available for purchase at Amazon, Bookshop, and most major retailers. A limited number of signed copies are available at Once Upon a Time children’s bookstore in Montrose (Glendale).
“My hope is that Chinese American children across the country will get the opportunity to see themselves reflected in the story, and that the book will serve to honor and preserve our heritage for the next generation. When I was growing up, I had a hard time finding children’s books written by and about Chinese people, so I’m grateful to have the opportunity to publish this story.”