Acclaimed author and human rights advocate Talia Carner
will talk about the horrors of female infanticide in China as part of her
discussion of her
recent book, China Doll, on Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain Library
The event is open to the public free of charge.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to call the library at 938-2545 to reserve a seat.
will sign copies of her
book after her
involvement with women's organizations led to her
participation at the 1995 International Women's conference in Beijing, where she
learned of the atrocities of the Dying Rooms, the Chinese orphanages where the documented death rate was 80%.
Ms. Carner's research
for China Doll included interviewing offices of the U.S. National Security Administration, State Department
, Chinese female university professors, aging peasants and budding entrepreneurs.
learned how, generation after generation, due to either starvation, the social experiments of the cultural revolution, or the current one-child policy, women have been losing their baby girls through coercion, prejudice, neglect, and outright murder.
addressed the U.N. Committee on the Status of Women
on the subject of infanticide in February 2007.
"The issue of China's infanticide will not go away in the near future," Ms. Carner
"As it forges ahead with full steam, the Chinese government admits that it cannot 'waste' resources on the weakest among its citizens.
Nor is it within its tradition to cater to individuals' needs.
But then, in the juxtaposition of American corporations'
operations in cynical China, our Western values are eroded and compromised."
first novel, Puppet Child, was listed in The Top 10 Favorite First Novels 2002 and won her
an Outstanding Author Award.
The book initiated The Protective Parent Reform Act, a law now passed or under consideration in more than a dozen states.
is hailed as one with "the power to bring change in society."
Before becoming a fiction writer, Talia Carner was the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies.
A former adjunct professor at Long Island University
and a lecturer for the Small Business Administration, she
was as member of United States Information Agency missions to Russia.
A seventh generation Sabra born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ms. Carner
served in the 1967 Six Day War before coming to the United States in 1974.
She received a bachelor's degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in psychology and sociology and a master's degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
husband, Ron, have four grown children.
The couple lives in Bridgehampton, N.Y., and Manhattan.