Joanna Ho presents 'On the Tip of a Wave: How Ai Weiwei's Art Is Changing the Tide (illustrated by Catia Chen)'

From New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, Joanna Ho, and critically acclaimed illustrator, Cátia Chien comes a moving, powerful picture book about the life and work of activist and artist, Ai Weiwei.


Third Place Books is pleased to welcome children's book author Joanna Ho for a reading of her picture book On the Tip of a Wave: How Ai Weiwei's Art Is Changing the Tide, illustrated by Cátia Chien. The event will include a brief presentation on the life and work of Ai Weiwei before a storytime reading of the book. This event is free and open to the public, and for all ages! 

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About On the Tip of a Wave. . .

He [Ai Weiwei] felt the life jackets and an idea curled and crested through his fingertips. The way it always did.

Told in Joanna Ho’s signature lyrical writing, this is the story that shines a light on Ai Weiwei and his journey, specifically how the Life Jackets exhibit at Konzerthaus Berlin came to be. As conditions for refugees worsened, Ai Weiwei was inspired by the discarded life jackets on the shores of Lesbos to create a bold installation that would grab the attention of the world. Cátia Chien masterfully portrays the intricate life of Ai Weiwei with inspirations from woodblock printing and a special emphasis on the color orange, the same color of the life jackets that became a beacon of hope. Through Cátia’s dynamic and stunning illustrations, we see how Ai Weiwei became the activist and artist he is today while proving the power of art within humanity.


Praise for On the Tip of a Wave. . .

“Inspiring insights into how art can reify vital current issues.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Joanna Ho is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, Eyes That Speak to the Stars, Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma, and The Silence That Binds Us. She has been an English teacher, a dean, a vice principal, and a professional development creator. Her passion for equity in books and education is matched only by her love of homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids. We Who Produce Pearls: An Anthem For Asian America by Joanna Ho will be published in 2024.

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