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Janet Wong

Meet the lawyer turned children's author who was on Oprah

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Most famous for: Having left the world of corporate law to become a children's book author and since she appeared on Oprah during a segment on how to live your dreams Janet Wong has become an inspiration for adults and children who want to pursue their passion.

Multicultural America: The author of several acclaimed children's books bases much of her writing on her experiences as an Asian-American girl growing up in L.A.

The Dumpster Diver: Wong's latest children's book centers around the story of a junk-loving guy who creates wacky things out of the stuff he finds in the trash.

Buzz lines: Wong says that her books are for preschoolers who love to make buzzing sounds, teenagers fixated on driving and grandparents who like to tell their own stories about growing up oh, and people who love trash. Sounds like her books are for just about everyone: "They say, 'One man's trash is another man's treasure and the Dumpster Diver would agree!"

Twisted cobra: A book for young yogis, her book Twist gives fun facts on the history of yoga and of India including how ancient Indians used cows urine for paint.

Who should be at the Q&A: Anyone interested in multiculturalism, children's books, and illustration. Or different uses for cows' urine.

Janet Wong will appear with Lore Segal to discuss capturing youthful perspectives in writing on Saturday, April 17, from 10:45-11:45 am Free River Park Square, Kress Gallery 808 W. Main Ave.

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