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Da Chen

Award-winning, best-selling author

Da Chen

A sample of what our students had to say after their visit with Da;

  • "A life-changing experience."
  • "Da Chen was FANTASTIC, insightful, wise!"
  • "Da Chen was all things - hilarious, a great story teller and he was very enlightening." "Da's presentation was the perfect blend of information, humor, drama, personal antecdote and thought-provoking ideas."

Da visits with students at Amherst in Summer 2011

Da Chen is a novelist, memoirist, children's book author and speaker who grew up in a small Fujian village in the deep south of China. His first memoir, Colors of the Mountain, was a New York Times bestseller and his children's adaptation of the same work, China's Son, was widely recognized by the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, and others.

His first adult fiction, Brothers, is a sprawling, family saga, complete with assassinations, love affairs, narrowly missed opportunities, and the ineluctable fulfillment of destiny.

Da's first fiction for young readers, Wandering Warriors, is described by USA Today as "China's answer to [Harry] Potter." The movie rights were optioned by Warner Brothers.

His most recent work, My Last Empress, was published to international acclaim, featured in Reuters International, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and Washington Post. Da's next novel is American Virgin, to be published in 2014.

A brush calligrapher of considerable spirituality who also plays the classical bamboo flute, Da Chen lives in Los Angeles with his family. His oldest son, Vic, is a freshman at Rice University and his youngest son, 15-year-old Michael, is a film actor who has already starred in two feature films, Children of Invention when he was 10 and A Birder's Guide to Everything, to premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. www.abirdersguidetoeverything.com

For more information about Da Chen please visit his website www.dachen.org

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