Today, the 81st Anniversary of Bond’s arrival in China


Today, Saint Patrick’s Day, is the 81st anniversary of William Langhorne Bond’s arrival in China, in 1931.

Shaking Moon Chin’s hand at Bookshop West Portal, photo by Paul Hara

It has been a thrilling week for China’s Wings. I did two incredibly successful events at two top-shelf bookstores: Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco, and Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara. Moon Chin attended the Bookshop event, which was tremendous good fun. The Chaucer’s event was packed with hometown friends, and the after-party at Harry’s Plaza Cafe was a mini high school reunion, but with many other strong personal connections added.

Bookshop West Portal, photo by Paul Hara

Yesterday, the Pioneers of the Sky: 3 Books That Take Flight episode of “Three Books” I’d recorded for NPR aired on “All Things Considered,” and China’s Wings debuted on the LA Times bestseller list at #9. In all, a pretty exciting day.

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