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What’s your favorite passage from the Women Warrior? For 40 years, the Maxine Hong Kingston classic has entertained readers worldwide.

To mark the occasion, Kingston appeared this weekend for a conversation with members of the Women’s National Book Association, in San Francisco.

The book received numerous honors including the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The book was published in 1976, but its anniversary went by fairly unnoticed.

Kingston recently talked to the Los Angeles Review of Books. She acknowledged she is amazed by her own fame.

“One way that I have thought about the 40th [anniversary] is that through the years, my work and I have been famous not just for 15 minutes, but years and years and years, and all of a sudden 40 years,” she said.

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