Author Archive | Martha Shelley

Coming Your Way!

I’ll be reading from my new book, We Set the Night on Fire–and signing copies–at the venues below. : Two Rivers Bookstore 8836 North Lombard St. Portland, OR 97203 Sunday, June 4 at 4 pm Cross and Crows Bookstore 2836 Commercial Drive Vancouver, BC V5N 4C6 Saturday, August 5 The store is scheduled […]

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Out into the Wider World, Part III

My first class ticket on the train from Jakarta to Banyuwangi entitled me to an air-conditioned sleeping car, which I shared with an elderly woman of Chinese extraction. She was either unhappy or in pain (headache? arthritis?—I never found out, as we didn’t speak each other’s language). Recently I learned that Chinese had lived in […]

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Out into the Wider World, Part II

At the airport in North Jakarta, a woman made announcements over the public address system. Billboards and signs in Indonesian, incomprehensible. Worse than incomprehensible: Since I didn’t expect to understand Chinese in Hong Kong, anymore than I did in New York’s Chinatown, I wasn’t uncomfortable there. Here, though, the signs were in the Roman alphabet […]

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