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Visions: Demi at Hicklebee's


Visions: Demi signing at CSLA


Nov. 17, 2012: Demi Signing at Hicklebee's

The prolific azhenghe.jpgnd award-winning author Demi will be at Hicklebee's Books on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00pm. She will be signing her newest book, The Great Voyages of Zheng He.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012
2:00 pm
Hicklebee's Books
1378 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125

Nov. 16-17, 2012: Shen's Books at CSLA Annual Conference

California Librarians: get ready! Shen's Books will be exhibiting at the CSLA Annual Conference in San Jose, CA this year. If you are going to be there, stop by and say hello.

We will have two author signings on Saturday, the 17th:

And if you're going to be at the conference on Sunday the 18th, don't miss Demi's presentation about the book at 10:30 am. See you there!

California School Library Association Annual Conference
November 16-17, 2012
Marriott Hotel
301 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
John Stickler and Soma Han, the team that brought you Land of Morning Calm, will be appearing at two venues in Los Angeles' Koreatown on August 18, 2012. They will be kicking off the publication of their new book, Maya and the Turtle. More information from John:

Maya and the Turtle, a timeless fairy tale from Korea, will make its English debut in Los Angeles on August 18, 2012. Illustrator and co-author Soma Han and co-author John Stickler will sign and "chop" copies of the new children's book from Tuttle Publishing at two venues in Koreatown. From 1-3 p.m. they will appear at The Korean Book Center, downstairs in the Koreatown Plaza at 928 So. Western Avenue (213-738-9140). At 4 p.m. they will introduce the story with a reading at the Pio Pico Koreatown Library, 694 South Oxford Avenue (213-368-7642).

            Fine artist Soma Han previously illustrated Tigers, Frogs and Rice Cakes, a collection of Korean proverbs for children, and Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now, both from Shen's Books. John Stickler, formerly with CBS News in Seoul, collaborated with her on this inspiring legend of filial piety. The book is dedicated to Soma's mother who heard the tale at her mother's knee and passed it on to Soma when she was a little girl.

Every year, the Sun Gallery in Hayward, California holds a children's book art exhibit. This year, artist Jessica Lanan's illustrations from Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth will be on display. And they have featured her artwork on their promotional postcard! Lovely!

sungallery23-1.jpgSun Gallery 23rd Annual Children's Book Illustrators Exhibit
February 15 to April 7, 2012
1015 E Street
Hayward, CA 94541

Feb. 4, 2012: Joan Schoettler at Willow Bridge Books

Author Joan Schoettler will be signing her book, Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth, this Saturday at Willow Bridge Books. Willow Bridge Books is an independent bookstore located in Oakhurst, California.  Nestled between the scenic landscapes of the San Joaquin Valley and Yosemite National Park, the bookstore serves the communities in Madera and Mariposa counties.

February 4, 2012, 1:00pm
Willow Bridge Books
40044 Hwy 49
Oakhurst, CA  93644
filipinobookfest.jpgThis sounds like an amazing event! The Filipino American International Book Festival will be held in San Francisco on October 1 and 2, 2011. Author Dorina Lazo Gilmore will be on hand both days reading Cora Cooks Pancit in the Children's Area at 1:30 both days. She will sign immediately after each reading at the Philippine Expressions Bookshop booth.

"FILBOOKFEST celebrates the richness and fusion of Philippine and Filipino American culture through literature, visual arts and music.
FILBOOKFEST is the largest gathering of authors of Filipino heritage from around the world. FILBOOKFEST invites all book lovers in the San Francisco Bay Area to spend a weekend of fun literary events, performances and good food."

Filipino American International Book Festival
October 1-2, 2011
Fulton Street, Civic Center, San Francisco
Free Admission
Dorina Lazo Gilmore reading at 1:30pm both days
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is hosting the Korean Foundation Korean Culture Day on September  17, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. As part of the festivities, which are free with museum admission, author Joan Schoettler will be on hand signing copies of Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth at 2:00 pm.

Here is what the Asian Art Museum says about the event:
Chuseok is the Korean holiday of the autumn harvest during the full moon, when people visit their hometowns and feast with family and friends. This family fun day for all ages offers docent tours, storytelling, food tastings, music, and art. Korean musicians Kang Eun-il & Haegum Plus will perform their "new music" for the first time in the Bay Area. Artists Shin Meekyung and Lee Kang Hyo will demonstrate new and traditional forms of ceramic art.

And here is the day's schedule:
Explore and Join In
Education Studios and  North Court
12:00 noon-4:00 pm
Watch two artists from Korea demonstrating new and old forms of Korean art! Shin Meekyoung uses ceramic forms and imagery as the inspiration for her soap sculptures, and ceramist Lee Kang Hyo follows ancient way of pottery making using a simple kick-wheel and red and white clay. Make an artwork to take home inspired by artists.
South Court
2:00-3:00 pm
Meet the author of the new book "Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth". Joan Schoettler signs and discusses how she was inspired to write her book after viewing Korean wrapping cloths (bojagi) at the Asian Art Museum. The book is available for purchase at the museum store.
Korean Galleries and Resource Room Pick up a copy of the Family Gallery Activity Guide for the Poetry In Clay exhibition, and learn to look at the artworks in a different way.
Learn and Discover
Samsung Hall
12:30 and 3:00 pm
Discover "New music" of Korea! Musical group Haegum Plus performs. Musical director Kang uses haegum, a two-stringed vertical fiddle-like instrument, along with guitar and keyboard, and fuses Korean music with jazz and western classical music.
Korean Galleries*
11:00 am and 1:30 pm
Asian Art Museum's storytellers tell myths and folktales from Korea. Special 15 min. tour at 11 am for families with kids ages 3-6.
Korean Galleries*
11:30 am and 2:00 pm
Join the museum's docents for a tour of new exhibition the Poetry in Clay with your family.
Korean Galleries*
2:30 pm (Korean only) and 4:00 pm (English only)
Join the special tour of Poetry In Clay exhibition with Associate Curator of Korean Art, Hyonjeong Kim Han, and listen to her behind-the-scene stories.
Resource Room Meet students from Oakland Korean School in Oakland and see their Youth Inspiration Artwork Display; play with IPads to checkout latest K-pop and other great videos from the Asian Art Museum.
South Court Just for teachers!  Learn about the museum's school programs and resources. Browse the museum's teacher education resources and pick up a poster.
Make and Do
North Court
11:00 am-4:00 pm
Make an artwork to take home! Get inspired by art in the galleries and enjoy fun art activities with your friends and family.
South Court
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Taste sweet rice called yaksik (or yakbap)! It is a sweet dish made by steaming glutinous rice with chestnuts and pine nuts, seasoned with honey, sesame oil, and soy sauce, generally eaten on traditional holidays as well as weddings and other festivities.
And More
Museum Café and  Outside Korean tacos and more! San Francisco's Gourmet food trucks join the museum for the day's festivities. Also the museum's Café Asia offers affordable Asian-fusion dishes for the whole family.

screenshot-home.jpgThe end of summer is upon us (I have always considered Labor Day to be MY official end-of-summer, despite what the calendar says), and with it the bittersweet end to our long and lazy days. Of course, fall brings with it new excitements: new school year, crisp cool days, football season. Not to mention new starts for me too. We will be moving into our new house in a few weeks, and baby J will turn a year old at the beginning of October. How time flies!

Anyway, let's give away some free apps to mourn the end of one season and celebrate the start of another! And let's not be stingy-- how about 15 free apps? Fifteen lucky winners will get their choice of the iOS or Android version of the Cora Cooks Pancit app.

There are THREE WAYS TO WIN. Here they are:

-Website sign-up. Fill out the form here. On Friday, September 2, FIVE winners will be chosen from those signed up.

-Facebook. "Like" us on Facebook here. When we hit 500 Likes, we will pick FIVE winners from everyone who likes us. There's no set date for this drawing. We'll do it whenever we hit 500 Likes.

-Twitter. We will pick ONE WINNER A DAY from August 29 - September 2 from those who follow @ReneeatShens and tweet the following:

Win a free CORA COOKS PANCIT ebook app. 3 Ways to win! #coracookspancit

Tweet this message once each day to be entered for that day's drawing.

Good luck!

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Renee Ting is the President and Publisher of Shen's Books. She is the author of The Prince's Diary and the blog, Renee's Book of the Day.

Emily Jiang is a writer of children's and YA literature. She also blogs at TLeaf Readings.

Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.


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