At the Heart of the Universe Book Launch


Join us for the Launch of
Shem’s New Novel – and Bring a Friend

May 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the
Cambridge (MA) Public Library

At The Heart of the Universe
A novel about Chinese adoption by Samuel Shem (Dr. Steve Bergman)

In conversation with Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation,
with Katie Surrey-Bergman and Janet Surrey
At Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge
Presented by The Harvard Bookstore.

Co-sponsored by the National Center on Adoption and Permanency,
and thanks to Families with Children from China—New England.

“The historic confrontation between America and China is distilled to its poignant essence in At the Heart of the Universe–a story of one family and its unbreakable ties both to one another, and to the larger human fate. Samuel Shem is a sharp-minded, compassionate writer whose work always illuminates.” –James Carroll

“A powerful, gripping, tour-de-force. A story that will stay with you forever, unforgettable characters and vivid writing that brings China alive from Changsha City to the sacred Mount Emei. One of the very best books I’ve ever read, and fallen in love with.” –Francis Moore Lappe, Diet for a Small Planet and Ecomind

“At the Heart of the Universe tells a moving story that is full of understanding, intimacy, and psychological intensity. In the context of a harrowing adventure in contemporary China, this large-hearted novel reaffirms the necessity of empathy, self-discovery, and love.” –Ha Jin, author of Waiting