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Jessica Bellas Reading & Book Signing

Saturday, September 25
Reading: 2 p.m. in the Mountain Cat Club, Student Union
Signing: 2:30 p.m. in the Pitt-Johnstown Bookstore

BellasDon't miss the opportunity to hear Jessica Bellas '93 share insights from her first book, Maotai, Mooncakes and Monks: Misadventures in Hong Kong and China! Jessica will detail the most humorous moments of her first thirty months living as an expatriate in Hong Kong, from the media circus resulting from the dramatic rescue of her dog by the Hong Kong Fire Services Department to out-drinking Communist party officials in China to dodging confetti cannons.  She also examines more poignant issues such as discrimination, racism and culture shock. 

Maotai, Mooncakes and Monks was released in 2009 by Tamco Publishing.  Maotai, Mooncakes & Monks is a memoir, culture shock guide, travelogue, political commentary and adventure rolled into one.

Nury Vittachi, founding editor of the Asia Literary Review, wrote the foreward to Jessica’s book and said, “But while Jessica makes no claim to be any sort of expert on Chinese culture, her access to information was bolstered by one remarkable skill she had that won her enormous respect from officials, factory bosses and academics alike: she could out-drink most of the men at social occasions, even when the drink being served was the infamously powerful Maotai rice liquor.”

Jessica, a founding sister of the Zeta Kappa chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, returned home to Pittsburgh in October 2009 to be closer to her family.  She works as an engineer and project manager during the day so she can earn enough money to fund her global travels. 

To view a news release on Jessica's book, visit: here to read Post Gazette coverage of her book's release.

The author is donating all proceeds from the sale of her book on this day to the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association.