September 26, 2014

Nooner with Doretta Lau

Doretta Lau captivates the Nooner audience at the Millenium Library

By Kortnee Stevens

It never fails to amaze me how much boldness and strength can be packed into such a sweet frame. Doretta Lau heralded a packed room within the Carol Shields Auditorium for the Wednesday Nooner, and graced everyone’s ears with an excerpt from her collection of short stories, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank The Sun.

The title of her short story collections is inspired by the act of gratitude basketball player Yao Ming performed when the Shanghai Sharks retired his number. Ming ended up taking a full page advertisement with the simple phrase, ‘How does a single blade of grass thank the sun?’

Lau captured the audience’s attention immediately. Her writing style carries a respectfully audacious tone and travels well to ears looking for entertainment. After sharing her journey of finding a date (albeit, a not-entirely ‘living’ one) as well as a second ghost story, the floor was open for a Q&A and a general sharing of ghost stories. Lau managed to transform the Carol Shields Auditorium into a spooky-campfire-surrounded-by-trees-and-faces sort of atmosphere.

Many other attendees remark on Lau’s youthful and honest appearance; what you see is what you get. However, you will be pleasantly surprised by Lau’s talent of taking the ordinary and adding a playful supernatural twist to it – particularly in the fields of romance and porn. As you can see from the beautiful panorama shot of the room, everyone was enthralled, and Lau certainly entertained and treated us to a taste of her bizarre world.

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