Dori Jones Yang is a writer who aims to build bridges between cultures and between generations. Author of a wide variety of books for different audiences, she loves to explore exotic locales, celebrate strong women, and make history come alive. Her new passion is to encourage people to seek wisdom by interviewing others for a "wisdom project." More at www.booksbydori.com.
For her newest book, Warm Cup of Wisdom: Inspirational Insights on Relationships and Life, she interviewed nine wise women and asked twenty thought-provoking questions about happiness, tough times, midlife transitions, aging, raising adult children, and seeking inspiration.
Daughter of Xanadu, published by Random House/Delacorte Press in 2011, is a historical novel about a daring 16-year-old named Emmajin, imaginary granddaughter of Khubilai Khan. Emmajin wants to join the Mongol Army and become a legend on the battlefield; her plans get complicated when she meets a charming foreigner from a distant land - named Marco Polo.
Son of Venice, A Story of Marco Polo, is the sequel to Daughter of Xanadu, and takes up the story of Emmajin and Marco as they travel west along the Silk Road. They face battles, intrigue, betrayal and challenges to their unconventional love.
The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang, an award-winning book for readers age 10 and up, tells of a girl who moved from China to Seattle and lost her voice. The book's message is about what a joy it can be to reach out to classmates who have trouble speaking English.
Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time tells the remarkable tale of how Starbucks grew from a tiny coffee shop in Seattle to a worldwide phenomenon. Co-authored with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, it is accessible and engaging for both business experts and general readers.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, and educated at Princeton and Johns Hopkins, Dori worked many years as a journalist for Business Week and U.S. News & World Report. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and has traveled widely in Asia.