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A LITERARY EVENING WITH PAUL HANSTEDT

February 12, 2013

7:00 PM

Montrose Grandberry

ROCKBRIDGE REGIONAL LIBRARY, PIOVANO ROOM
ADMISSION FREE; DONATIONS BENEFIT THE LIBRARY

In his alternately hilarious and heartrending memoir, Hong Konged, Paul Hanstedt, recounts the true story of his family’s recent sojourn to Hong Kong. Hanstedt and his wife and three children (aged 9, 6, and 3) lived in Hong Kong for a year—a year beset by culture clash, vicious bullies, hospital visits, family tragedy, M&Ms, three kids who won’t eat fish balls and the worst traffic jam you've ever seen.

Subtitled One Modern American Family’s (Mis)adventures in the Gateway to China, the laugh-outloud book provides a rare insight into the Chinese people from the eyes of the earnest, if sometimes clueless, Hanstedt family.

Hanstedt has been a professor of English and creative writing for fifteen years and is the editor of the national literary review the Roanoke Review. His work has appeared in Puerto Del Sol, Confrontation, the Beloit Fiction Journal, Writing on the Edge, MLA’s The Profession, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Brain, Child, for which he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s also a staple on the Virginia Public Radio station. Mr. Hanstedt lives with his wife and children in Lexington, VA.