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PRESS RELEASE 01/18/2008
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Memories of Wartime Shanghai at the Palo Alto City Library
Contact : Cornelia van Aken, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668
Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library kicks off participation in "Silicon Valley Reads 2008" with Memories of Wartime Shanghai, presented by historian Connie Young Yu and Meimei Pan. 

• Date: Friday, January 25, 2008
• Time: 7 p.m.
• Location: Main Library, 1213 Newell Road

Connie Young Yu has written extensively on Asian American history and is the author of Chinatown, San Jose, USA.  She will discuss pre-war Shanghai, the setting of this year’s Silicon Valley Reads selection, The Distant Land of My Father, by local author Bo Caldwell.  Meimei Pan will share memorabilia and exciting stories of her parents’ experiences in, and eventual escape from, Shanghai in 1941. 

Memories of Wartime Shanghai is the first in a series of riveting programs the Palo Alto City Library will present related to this year’s Silicon Valley Reads novel, including In Conversation with Bo Caldwell, performances by the Red Panda Acrobats and the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra, as well as many book discussions.  All programs are free.

For more information about Palo Alto City Library’s Silicon Valley Reads events, see the Library’s web site at or call the Library at 650-329-2436 and select the option for the Reference Desk.

This is the sixth year of the Silicon Valley Reads program, co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library and the San Jose Public Library Foundation. Visit for more information about Silicon Valley Reads and this year’s selection. The Friends of the Palo Alto Library has generously provided funding for the programs.