Members of the school's English Department hope the author's visit marks the beginning of an ongoing friendship between Scotia-Glenville and Da Chen. The library purchased several of his books, including his most recent fiction release, "Brothers," which was a nominee for the prestigious 2007 Quills Award, and "Sounds of the River," the second installment of his memoir, which describes his college years in Beijing.
"We're especially interested by the way his story reaches across the disciplines, from literature to global studies to art and music. I wanted my students to imagine what it is like to struggle and sweat for an education, an education that is freely given and often less-appreciated than it could be in the U.S. My students were the driving force behind our invitation to Mr. Chen," said Carpenter.
To learn more about Da Chen, visit www.dachen.org. Chen has also written "China's Son" and "Wandering Warrior." He has been featured in several magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, Time Asia, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and New York Magazine.""