Award-winning author, dynamic
public speaker and world traveler, Ying Chang Compestine is the
author of numerous books, including picture books, young adult
novels, and cookbooks for adults that promote healthy eating.
Drawing from her childhood experience and described as “Anne
Frank in the Cultural Revolution,” Revolution is not a Dinner
Party has received more than 30 awards, including the
California Book Award, American Library Association’s Best Books
and Notable Books and the San Francisco Chronicle Best Children’s
Fiction Book.In A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, Ying uses
tantalizing recipes as a common thread to cook up a unique
offering of eight compelling ghost stories. All the Chinese
ghosts in these stories have as strong a desire for revenge as
for delicious food.
Ying was born and raised in Wuhan, China. She came to the U.S.
for graduate school. After both her parents passed away, she
began writing to cope with her grief and to reconnect with China.
Ying earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of
Colorado. Prior to writing, she taught sociology at colleges and
universities in both the U.S. and China. Check out her website.