Author Da Chen to Speak at Kennesaw State University

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 31‚ 2006) — New York Times bestselling author Da Chen will speak at Kennesaw…

Georgia (Oct 31, 2006) — Author Da Chen to Speak at Kennesaw State University

Cathy Bradford


Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 31‚ 2006) — New York Times bestselling author Da Chen will speak at Kennesaw State University on Tuesday‚ Nov. 7‚ 7 to 9 p.m. The event‚ sponsored by the Department of University Studies and University College‚ is part of the University College Common Reader Program. The Common Reader Program requires that all students enrolled in KSU’s First Year Experience course (KSU 1101) read the same book and participate in discussions and activities related to that book in an effort to foster students’ intellectual competence‚ promote reading as an intellectual skill central to student achievement‚ and encourage learning with and from others. Chen’s memoir‚ “Sounds of the River‚” traces his transition from life in rural China to university life at Beijing’s most prestigious language institute. It was chosen as KSU’s common reader for 2006−07 and is being read by more than 1‚000 first−year students at Kennesaw State.

Chen has received rave reviews for his two memoirs‚ “Colors of the Mountain” (2001) and “Sounds of the River” (2002) from the New York Times Book Review‚ The LA Times‚ The Boston Globe‚ The Chicago Tribune‚ the Atlantic Monthly‚ and Newsweek. “China’s Son‚” the children’s adaptation of “Colors of the Mountain‚” was honored as a New England Bookseller Association Discovery selection‚ Borders Original Voice selection‚ and New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age List for 2001 and 2002. His latest work‚ “Brothers‚” is the author’s first adult fiction. Released in September 2006‚ this novel received early praise from Publishers Weekly Online.

Da Chen came to America at the age of 23 with $30 in his pocket and a bamboo flute. He later won a full scholarship to Columbia University Law School in New York. In addition to writing‚ Chen is a spiritual brush calligrapher who currently resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and two small children.

To start his presentation‚ Chen will showcase his artistry on the bamboo flute. A reception will follow the program. The event will be held at the KSU Center‚ Room 400‚ 3333 Busbee Drive. It is free and open to the public.

For more information about the program‚ contact Kathy Matthews‚ Director of First−Year Programs‚ 770−423−6493 or


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