Media & Reviews
CBC Radio North by Northwest: an interview with host Sheryl MacKay. You can move the slider to the 2 hour mark. Here's the audio interview.
Vancouver Writers Festival: To close off Asian Heritage Month in Canada, I was on a super fun panel with author Lindsay Wong, poet David Ly and moderators Jen Sookfong Lee and Rosie the Dog. The dog didn't cooperate and there's a few minutes of non-relevant chit chat at the beginning as we set up and wait for viewers to join in. Here's the Youtube video.
Ontario Morning from CBC Radio: Host Wei Chen talks to 49th Shelf editor Kerry Clare about books she's been reading and recommending. At around the 39 minute mark. Here's the audio interview.
Tenn Vogue includes The LIbrary of Legends on its list of 13 Books by Asian and Pacific Islander Authors That Should be Required Reading.
CBC Books includes The LIbrary of Legends on its list of 17 books to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Canada.
The Globe and Mail includes The LIbrary of Legends on its Canadian Fiction Bestsellers list.
The Toronto Star includes The LIbrary of Legends on its Canadian Fiction Bestsellers list.
Huffington Post includes The LIbrary of Legends on its list of 10 of the Most Anticipated Book Releases of May 2020
Parade Magazine includes The Library of Legends on its list of 30 Best Summer Beach Reads of 2020
Can We Save a Library? Q&A with author Leslie Lindsay about the true epic of saving a treasured library during the Sino-Japanese War, on refugees, Covid-19. myths and folklore and much more. From Leslie A. Lindsay's blog.
Biblio Happy Hour Hosted by the delightful and amazing Victoria Wood. Who also curates the Biblio Lifestyle newsletter and runs the BiblioFinder website. We could've talked for hours. Listen to the podcast at around the 38:40 mark
Savvy Reader publishes my list of reading recommendations. Janie Chang's Ultimate Self-Quarantine Reading List.
PopSugar includes The Library of Legends on its list of must-reads list Thank Goodness For These 25 Exciting New Books Coming Out in May
Brit+Co includes The Library of Legends on its list of Best Summer Reads 12 Books That Will Take You on a LIterary Vacation
NetGalley's Bookish includes The Library of Legends on its list of 2020 Novels Taking Readers on a Journey to the Past
Radio Interview with Jamie Tennant - Get Lit at Lunch, CFMU.FM
Q&A Interview with Deborah Kalb - Deborah Kalb Author Q&As
“Chang expertly weaves mysticism and historical details, and sets up a cast of memorable characters. This will charm readers from the very first page.” - Publishers Weekly
“…history aficionados will appreciate the Chang family-inspired true stories, including war-necessitated exoduses of Chinese university students, the guardianship of literary treasures, and the little girl who walked into battle on her soldier-father’s shoulders.” - ALA Booklist review
“Chang has created a lovely novel that is both joyful and lighthearted and deeply tragic as she explores a culture and people who are forced to accept that their country will never be the same following the war and the departure of the spirits that protected their land for centuries.” - Library Journal
“A book that draws inspiration from both Chinese legend and history and that weaves a wholly original tale of characters both mythical and mortal … By bringing together the historic with the fantastical, Chang deftly shows the importance of stories, the power they carry with them, and why they are always worth protecting.” Book of the Month Club An April 2020 pick
"Janie Chang has written a work of historical fiction that carries the resonance of a legend ... The novel is so immersive that if it ends up being read as widely as it deserves, I can see it becoming part of our collective global memory." - BookTrib
A blog/interview with 49th Shelf. Those were hard questions! And there's a short video at the end. - 49th Shelf Launchpad: The Library of Legends
What Readers are Saying
"There are many historical novels that begin in China in 1937 when the Japanese invade, but Janie Chang has found a new and fascinating story to tell about the university students and faculty who trekked hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles to escape the Japanese while preserving not just China’s best minds but also China’s most precious books. I was entranced by the magical spirits, immortals, and fox spirits who accompany them. Janie Chang has beautifully melded history and the spirit world to create an adventurous love story for all of us readers who love books and who, in a perfect world, would do anything to save them."
- Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
"The Library of Legends is a beautifully written story of a pivotal period in the making of modern China: when the invading Japanese, the Nationalist, and Communist parties all vied for supremacy. Amidst this, the Chinese determination to preserve their culture was heroic and saved precious historical treasures at great sacrifice. Interwoven with the historical characters are ancient mythological ones in a blend of wonder, courage, and suspense. Luminous and enthralling."
- Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Splendor Before the Dark, The Confessions of Young Nero, Elizabeth I, and The Autobiography of Henry VIII.
"Janie Chang's The Library of Legends is a delicious mix of history, myth and romance. Chang deftly intertwines Chinese folklore and historical detail to create a magical, heartfelt read."
- Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Searching for Sylvie Lee
"The Library of Legends is a gorgeous, poetic journey threaded with mist and magic about a group from a Chinese university who take to the road to escape the Japanese invasion of 1937 – only to discover that danger stalks them from within. Janie Chang pens pure enchantment!”
- Kate Quinn, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress
“Love and fate entangle in a tender tale of star-crossed romance and scholarship. In The Library of Legends, Janie Chang whisks the reader on a journey of a lifetime, with the transportation of a university library of rare books on foot across China. Based on Chang's father's own experience as a student-in-exile, it interweaves the pressures of war with a poignant saga of love lost and gained. As the Japanese army advances, Lian and Shao, together with their schoolmates and Shao's mysterious companion, Sparrow, hurry to transport the precious ancient library, while enduring hardships and betrayal, old and new loves. Vibrant, rich, and moving, The Library of Legends brings an unusual true episode in Chinese history to shimmering, heartfelt life.”
- Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride and The Night Tiger
"Janie Chang's The Library of Legends delivers stark historical truths on the tail of a shooting star. Absolutely enchanting."
- Ana Johns, bestselling author of The Woman in the White Kimono
“Janie Chang has done it again with this story of an exodus of young students -- treasured as China’s future -- intermingled with an imaginary, unconventional departure of mystical beasts and legendary deities during a war that changes China forever. Evocative, unforgettable, The Library of Legends is truly out of this world!”
- Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author of The Moon in the Palace
"Atmospheric and beautifully told, Janie Chang has woven a tale that tugs on the threads of China's history and legend alike. Readers will find themselves immersed in this story of love amidst war, hope amidst sacrifice."
- Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author of And They Called It Camelot
"Janie Chang brings wartime China to life in The Library of Legends, imbuing her characters with the same epic qualities they find in the mythic figures that follow them on their journey to safety. Moving smoothly between historical fiction and magical realism, this is a beautifully written story of love, hope, and courage."
- Bryn Turnbull, author of The Woman Before Wallis
"Janie Chang’s The Library of Legends tells an unforgettable story of love, grief, longing, and duty amid the dangers of war. Lyrical and moving, the novel weaves Chinese history and legend into a seamless, captivating tale. I couldn't put this book down!"
- Kristin Beck, author of Courage, My Love