Photo by Donia Benke

Emily Jiang is the author of Summoning the Phoenix, a collection of whimsical poetry and prose about modern-day children playing traditional Chinese musical instruments.  Illustrated by April Chu, Summoning the Phoenix is published by Shen’s Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, and received a Kirkus Starred Review.  Described by Kirkus Reviews as “a lively medley that will expand the musical boundaries of most young audiences,” Summoning the Phoenix is available for purchase online and can be ordered in your local bookstore or library.


****JUST FINISHED hosting FOUR BOOK PARTIES Around the San Francisco Bay Area in Celebration of the Book Launch of Summoning the Phoenix!

The Cover for the Book Summoning the Phoenix

***Get your book autographed by BOTH the author and illustrator!***

Each book party has a separate Facebook page where you can RSVP.  If you do not use Facebook, you can RVSP using the form below.

We are so fortunate to have four awesome local independent bookstores host our book parties & musical guests from the California Youth Chinese Symphony!

Sunday, April 13th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California
***Come admire April Chu’s Art Show at Borderlands’ Cafe Gallery***
RSVP to Borderlands in San Francisco on Facebook
Read Emily’s write up in prose & haiku with photos!

Saturday, April 19th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, California
***Welcome special guests the NerdVana Podcast***
RSVP to Kepler’s in Menlo Park on Facebook
Read Emily’s write up in prose & haiku with photos!

Sunday, April 27th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Books Inc., 1760 4th Street, Berkeley, California
***Our only party in the East Bay***
RSVP to Books Inc. in Berkeley on Facebook
Read Emily’s write up in prose & haiku with photos!

Saturday, May 3rd, 3:00-5:00 PM
Hicklebee’s, 1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, California
***In celebration of California Bookstore Day***
RSVP to Hicklebee’s in San Jose on Facebook
Read Emily’s write up in prose & haiku with photos! (coming soon!)

Can’t make it to any of the book parties?  You can order Summoning the Phoenix from your local bookstore or library OR you can purchase online.


Author Emily Jiang holding her book Summoning the Phoenix. Photo by Theodora Goss.

Author Emily Jiang with Summoning the Phoenix.               Photo by Theodora Goss.

Previews and interviews for Summoning the Phoenix can be found here.



SongsOfMoonAndMischief-ConcertProgramCoverEmily Jiang also composes music, mostly choral compositions, and her work has been performed by the award-winning San Francisco Choral Artists. “Jiang’s sense for text-setting (assuredly driven by her experience as a poet) is impeccable.” –Magee Van Speybroeck of the San Francisco Classical Voice.  Read the rest of the review.

Emily’s debut album, Songs of Moon and Mischief, is a collection of 26 songs, including 25 choral and art songs written for treble voices and one chamber ensemble piece for violin, cello, and piano.  Read more about her music.


Crossing Cultural Borders, a weekly blog series exploring multicultural children's literature from the United StatesEmily is currently working on a blog series Crossing Cultural Borders, about the different kinds of multicultural children’s literature from the United States.  Read the introductory post!


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3 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Hi Emily,

    We met at Kepler’s last week. Just wanted to tell you I’m posting an image of you with Angela at that event. Take a look, but if you’re not good with that, let me know and I’ll edit the post.

    Good luck with your launch.

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