Datebook: June 26 - Pearl S. Buck Turns 120

Jun 26, 2012

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, aka Sai Zhenzhju, was an American writer who lived in China for much of her early life, until penning The Good Earth, the best-selling book in the United States in 1931-32, which also won the Pulitzer in 1932. In 1938, she won the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces." 

The Good Earth follows a poor, hardworking family in a Chinese village before WWII, and helped in the consideration of the Chinese as allies in the coming war with Japan.  Long before it was popular to do so, Buck challenged the American public with topics such as racism, sex discrimination, and the plight of unwanted children. Though contemporary history has largely overlooked her legacy, it's hard not to find her influence in the modern relationship between the US and China.


It’s Tuesday, June 26

The McCracken County Extension Office Master Chefs will offer a cooking class on Thursday at 5:30 at the Paducah Recreation Center.  This week’s topic is grilling.  The cost for the class is $1.  Register before noon on Wednesday by calling 444-8677.

Western Baptist Hospital offers a Safe Sitter class this Friday from 9 to 4.  A certified instructor will teach boys and girls ages 11 to 13 how to handle emergencies with young children.  The cost for the class is $25, which includes lunch and supplies.  Register by calling (270) 575-8444.

Paducah Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Moss will present her work to the public during receptions on Friday from 5 to 9 and on Saturday from 1 to 5 at the A.I.R. Studio.  Moss uses scanning electron microscope images for inspiration, then translates the imagery into sculptures and installations made of fiber.  The receptions are free and open to the public.

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