Gail Pellett - Forbidden Fruit (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

In 1980, Gail Pellett, a producer for radio and TV, moved from New York to Beijing to work as a “foreign expert” at Radio Beijing, China’s equivalent to the Voice of America. Invited for her expertise and American-Canadian perspective, she was then treated as a Western spy. Chinese colleagues, acquaintances and, most painfully, lovers were warned away. 

During a pivotal moment in post Cultural Revolution China when windows were being thrown open—and then, slammed shut—Forbidden Fruit records Pellett’s journey from hope, naivete and ignorance through profound disillusionment and emotional pain to enlightenment in her efforts to taste Mao’s forbidden fruit.

Gail Pellett is a writer, director, and producer of award-winning TV and radio documentaries. Her work has appeared on PBS, NPR, NBC, CBC and Pacifica Radio. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Mother Jones and the Village Voice, as well as webzines.

Location: 
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
Forbidden Fruit: 1980 Beijing - A Memoir Cover Image
By Gail Pellett, Gail Pellett (Photographer)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781934395592
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vandam, Inc - July 2016

In 1980, Gail Pellett, a producer for radio and TV, moved from New York to Beijing to work as a “foreign expert” at Radio Beijing, China’s equivalent to the Voice of America. Invited for her expertise and American-Canadian perspective, she was then treated as a Western spy. Chinese colleagues, acquaintances and, most painfully, lovers were warned away.