April China Trade Series at PPL Kicks Off April 7 with Author Eric Jay Dolin, to present When America Met China

Providence Public Library welcomes history author Eric Jay Dolin for a book talk and signing of his latest book When America Met China on Sunday, April 7 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd Floor), 150 Empire Street, Providence. Books will be available for sale and signing after Dolin’s presentation.

Brilliantly illuminating one of the least understood areas of American history, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving 19th-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire.            

“Eric Jay Dolin’s engagingly paced narrative of the early years in the China-America relationship made me smile as I recognized the modern reality in this old tale of the odd couple of statecraft. When America First met China in fascinating ways tells us much about who we are today.”                    Mark Kolansky, Author of Cod and Salt

“Everything about China’s future relationship with the world is affected by its past. I had not known about the exploits described in Eric Jay Dolin’s fascinating book, but now that I do I am impressed by their importance and see current affairs in a new light. Anyone interested in China’s ambitions, memories, and sensitivities will be glad to have read this book.”          James Fallows, Author of China Airborne

About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is an American author who writes history books, which often focus on maritime topics, wildlife, and the environment. He has published eleven books which have won numerous awards. Dolin grew up near the coasts of New York and Connecticut, and graduated from Brown University, where he majored in biology and environmental studies.

April China Trade Series at PPL Continues April 18 and 20…

Additional programs and events in the Library’s April China Trade series include a presentation on Silken Webs by Madelyn Shaw on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 PM the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd Floor) and a field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Madelyn Shaw will lead us in an exploration of the personalities and activities that characterized the silk trade with China from the Colonial period through the 1840s, and how textiles represent the first global industry.

Ms. Shaw is a well-respected museum curator and consultant, and has created exhibitions for the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the American Textile Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. She has been affiliated with The Museum at F.I.T., NY and the RI School of Design. In addition to her expertise on textiles of the Civil War era, she also lectures on textiles connected with the maritime trades, aviation, and the fashion industry.

The April 20 field trip cost is $40 and includes bus ride, admission to Peabody Essex Museum and a guided East Meets West Tour of the Yin Yu Tang and Gardner-Pingree Houses. Bus leaves from Providence Public Library. Seating limited. For information and to register, contact lmoulton@provlib.org or 401-455-8134.  PRINTABLE REGISTRATION

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage:  $3/3 hours.  Bring ticket to the library for validation.