One from the Heart Awards Breakfast



Maxine Hong Kingston

Celebrated author and memoirist
Senior Lecturer Emerita of Creative Writing
University of California Berkeley
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Event Details:

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Crowne Plaza Palo Alto
  • 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
  • Arrive early for complimentary valet parking

This year’s featured speaker, Maxine Hong Kingston, began writing down the stories that were in her head at the age of seven. Her first book, The Woman Warrior, catapulted her to literary fame at age 36. Her subsequent works blended traditional genres, liberally intertwining reality and myth, becoming part of the American literary canon and shaping the national dialog with their breakthrough explorations of gender, ethnicity, and immigrant life. Maxine Hong Kingston is above all a profoundly engaging and compelling storyteller. Her books are permeated with the essence of the Chinese culture her mother and father conveyed to their children. She and her siblings were raised on the stories their mother told them in Cantonese and the classical Chinese poetry and works of Confucius their father knew by heart.

“Maxine is known as a pioneer,” said Bradley W. Bateman, president of Randolph College, when presenting the coveted Pearl S. Buck Award to her in 2016. “(She) has used her literary talent to open the eyes of Americans to the hardships and difficulties faced by Chinese immigrants and their American-born children. In the 1970s when she began writing The Woman Warrior, understanding and knowledge of Asian American culture was not widespread. Maxine helped introduce the world to the stories of these immigrants and their children, and through her writing, helped shape a national conversation about culture, race, and gender.”

Ms. Kingston is the recipient of the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Writers Award, the National Book Award, a Pen West Award in Fiction, National Book Foundation Medal, an Asian American Literary Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Humanities Medal, conferred by President Clinton, and a National Medal of Arts, conferred by President Obama. Her native Stockton honored her with the Maxine Hong Kingston Elementary School, a tribute rarely granted to living persons.

Book signing to follow the breakfast.


Rita Williams, retired KTVU Channel 2 news reporter and recipient of multiple Emmy, Peabody, and Murrow awards, will again lead the breakfast as Master of Ceremonies.


Gunilla and Tom Follett


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