A young people’s version of our citywide reading and discussion program that encourages kids and families to read the same book at the same time. Award-winning author Grace Lin will be discussing her New York Times best selling, "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon".

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

This is a wondrous novel with an epic journey and memorable characters in the tradition of The Wizard of Oz. From the beautiful design and the breathtaking full-color illustrations throughout, to the gentle humor and touching prose, this book is truly a gem.

Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. 

Doors open at 1:30. No tickets required. Seating will be first come first served until capacity is reached. 

Ages 9+ (Ages 12 and under with adult)

Grace's presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing sponsored by The Bookies.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask Grace? Submit it through this form. Some questions will be selected to be asked on the day of her talk.

Cover of book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


Learn more about Grace Lin

Hear the author reading a chapter of "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon"

Grace Lin - How to Draw a Chinese Dragon

Grace Lin - Activity Book

Minli's Journey: An Event Kit to Introduce Readers to the Book:

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf - Grace Lin TEDx talk

Grace Lin has her own YouTube channel!

Further reading:

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Chinese American Librarians Association partnered  to create a reading list for youth centering Chinese American voices. Stories Beyond Borders: A Chinese American and Diasporic Reading List features Chinese American and diasporic creators and stories for children, middle grade, and YA audiences.

The booklist was designed by Allison Chi and includes illustrations from the children's book "Let’s Do Everything and Nothing" by Julia Kuo.

Photo of Grace Lin