On December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, Martha Kennedy will read from AS A BABY DUCK LISTENS TO THUNDER as part of Holiday at the Museum. She will read chapters from her time on Hainan Island during Chinese New Year, including stories about the Chinese veterans of the “Anti-Japanese War” who had served with Americans in WWII. If time permits, she will read a Christmas chapter from her historical novel, MARTIN OF GFEEN, which is a story of a young artist in 13th century Zürich who contracts leprosy and goes to live in a community of the Knights of St. Lazarus, the Leper knights.
In the late 1970s, propelled by intense wanderlust, Kennedy, newly in possession of a masters degree from the University of Denver, went looking for an opportunity to get out into the bigger world.
In 1982, only six years after the death of Mao Zedong, she accepted a position as a Foreign Expert in English in South China Teacher’s University in Guangzhou, China. Her memoir, AS A BABY DUCK LISTENS TO THUNDER tell the story of her experiences living as a Chinese professor for a year, the experience of a lifetime.
In addition to AS A BABY DUCK LISTENS TO THUNDER, Kennedy has written an award-winning memoir, MY EVEREST and four award-winning works of historical fiction, MARTIN OF GFEEN, SAVIOR, THE BROTHERS PATH and THE PRICE. She is a 1970 graduate of Mitchell High School, a 1974 graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and she earned her MA from the University of Denver in 1979. Life took her away from Colorado for thirty years during which she taught college and university writing in San Diego. She now lives in Monte Vista.
Kennedy’s works of historical fiction and her memoir about hiking with her dogs, MY EVEREST are also available at the Narrow Gauge Book Co-op as well as at the Rio Grande County Museum during the Holiday at the Museum event. She has published stories and artwork locally in MESSAGES FROM THE HIDDGEN LAKE, THE CIRCLE BOOK and THE WILLOW CREEK JOURNAL.
The reading will be from 2pm - 3pm on December 7th at the Rio Grande County Museum. The Museum is located at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte. For more information, please contact Louise or Rita at the Rio Grande County Museum at (719)657-2847, check our Facebook page at Rio Grande County Museum or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.