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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW


  • March 20, 2024
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • BOOKED - 506 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202
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Join your OCWW colleagues in pumping it up for Bernardine’s Shanghai Salon: The Story of the Doyenne of Old China (Post Hill Press, 2023).

The acclaimed biography recounts the life of Bernardine Szold Fritz, who arrived  in Shanghai in 1929 to marry her fourth husband and remained to create a salon that brought together Chinese and expat intelligentsia from politics and the arts as civil war erupted and World War II loomed on the horizon.

Susan Blumberg-Kason is the author of 4 books set in China. A freelance journalist, she used her well-honed research skills to depict an unforgettable era of Hong Kong’s evolving past. She is a regular contributor to the Asian Review of Books and World Literature Today. Her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, PopMatters, and the South China Morning Post. Born, raised, and now based in the Chicago suburbs, Susan's life has been infused with Chinese culture and history since she was a girl growing up in Evanston.

Her fascination led her to become an exchange student in China, ultimately obtaining a master’s degree in the philosophy of government and public administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Intertwined with Susan’s interest in China is her involvement with women’s rights, a theme in much of her work, including the book we are about to read.  

TO PREPARE: Please come with at least one craft-related question for Susan.  Our cozy environs have space for 15; please reply promptly to secure your spot!

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