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February 21, 2012
Words Take Wing at UC-Davis is for children and adults

The 8-year-old Words Take Wing program at the University of California, Davis, honors diversity in children's literature. For this year's program, award-winning children's book and cookbook author Ying Chang Compestine will lead two programs Thursday.

The first is tailored for elementary school students throughout Northern California, during which Compestine will recruit a few children from the audience to help make Chinese dumplings. It will be at 10:30 a.m. in the campus' Freeborn Hall.

At 7:30 p.m. Compestine's presentation will be aimed at adults. In it, she will discuss "bridging different cultures" and host a question-and-answer session. It will be in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

Admission to each program is $15 adults, $7 ages 20 and younger. For more information on Words Take Wing and Compestine, and to buy tickets, visit or phone (530) 752-1915. For a map of the campus, go to, then click on "About," then click on "Locations."

Among Compestine's titles are "Crouching Tiger," "A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts," "Boy Dumplings," "Ying's Best One Dish Meals" sand "Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Visit her at

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