Yunte Huang will discuss his acclaimed new biography of Charlie Chan, Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendezvous with American History. “Himself a brilliant sleuth,” says Stephen Greenblatt, “Huang follows a trail of clues that leads to Honolulu and the deeply impressive career of Chang Apana, the Chinese-born detective on whom the character was based . . . Huang writes with rare personal intensity and capacious intelligence.” Moderated by Brenda Wineapple, author of White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Director/ Distinguished Writer-in-Residence of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and Robert Polito, author of the poetry collection Hollywood and God and Director of the Writing Program at the New School.
Added by Center for the Humanities on September 15, 2010