Virtual Author Talk: Qian Julie Wang

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Registration for this event will close on November 16, 2022 @ 9:00pm.
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Qian Julie Wang, author of Beautiful Country, will join us via Zoom to discuss her memoir. Zoom information will be emailed to all registrants.  Please add to your safe list and make sure you use a current email to register.

A limited number of copies of her book will be given away to the first to register. If you are eligible for a book, you will be contacted by email when it is ready. Books must be picked up at the Main Library of Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and cannot be mailed. Books are not guaranteed to every registrant.

Register for our Read Aloud of Beautiful Country (Sept 22 - Nov 17):

Qian Julie was born in Shijiazhuang, China. At age 7, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, with her parents. For five years thereafter, the three lived in the shadows of undocumented life in New York City. Qian Julie's first book is a poignant literary memoir that follows the family through those years, as they held onto hope and joy while confronting poverty, manual labor, and the perpetual threat of deportation.

A graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College—where she juggled classes and extracurriculars with four part-time jobs—Qian Julie is now a litigator. She wrote Beautiful Country on her iPhone, during her subway commute to and from work at a national law firm, where she was elected to partnership within two years of joining the firm. She is now managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, a firm dedicated to advocating for education and civil rights. Qian Julie believes that the first step to eroding systemic barriers is according underprivileged communities the type of legal representation typically reserved for wealthy interests.

Qian Julie’s writing has appeared in major publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Cut. She regularly speaks on issues such as immigration, education, discrimination, and the power of literacy in the media and at conferences, universities, corporations, community centers, and houses of worship.

Qian Julie lives in Brooklyn with her husband Marc and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.


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