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Join local author Iris Yang at the Cottonwood Public Library for a reading and discussion of her new book, Wings of a Flying Tiger.
Set during World War Two in Japanese occupied China, the story involves one cousin’s courage and another’s determination to help a wounded American pilot.
Most Americans are familiar with what happened in WWII in Europe, but do they know what happened in China? During the Nanking Massacre, Japanese troops killed 300,000 Chinese civilians and surrendered soldiers in six weeks. For months heaped corpses collected on the streets of Nanking. A new work of historical fiction, Wings of a Flying Tiger by Chinese-American scientist turned author Iris Yang, starts here.
“This book is a work of fiction,” Iris Yang explains. “But to me, a Chinese-American, it is also personal. As a Chinese, I’m thankful for the Flying Tigers’ bravery and sacrifice; without their help, the course of Chinese history might have been changed, my family might not have survived, and I might not have existed. As a U.S. citizen, I’m honored to write a book about the American heroes. It’s a privilege. A duty.”
Yang has been a part of the Writing for Fun and Advanced Creative Writing groups at the Cottonwood Public Library for over four years. “The writing groups at the Cottonwood Public Library helped me tremendously. In four years I shared two books, chapter by chapter, with the fellow writers. Their feedback made my books better, and their encouragement kept me going. I’m grateful to the library for its valuable resources.” The Creative Writing group meets at the library Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by Advanced Creative Writing from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Yang will be at the Cottonwood Public Library on Saturday, August 18 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.
Wings of a Flying Tiger is featured in bookglow.net’s list “10 Must-Read Historical Fiction Books About China.”