Mei takes on the dragon Nian in this beautifully illustrated new book
Blue Bicycle Books hosts a book release party on Sat. Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m., for a new book titled, Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon.
The book, written by California-based author Virginia Loh-Hagan, is illustrated by Charleston's Tim Banks, who will be at the book release party to read the book, sign copies, and paint watercolors.
The book release is timed with the Chinese New Year since the book itself is (unsurprisingly) set around and written about the Chinese New Year.
Timothy Banks & Virginia Loh-Hagan
Loh-Hagan retells the legend of Nian
with a young girl, Mei, as the protagonist who must fight off the evil Dragon Nian and save her village. Loh-Hagan takes some creative liberties with this traditional Chinese legend, but still captures the true meaning and origins of the tale.
Banks' brilliant artwork hearkens to traditional Chinese brush-work and complements Loh-Hagan's words.