“China Projects” in The Outlook

A short piece on “Great Ancient China Projects,” from my old newspaper, The Gresham Outlook.

“Former Outlook Writer Pens Book,” The Outlook, July 26, 2008:

Former Outlook news clerk and obituary writer Lance Kramer has published a book to introduce children (and adults) to do-it-yourself Chinese projects. The book arrives just in time for the Olympics in China.

Kramer, who was nicknamed Sir Lancelot by staff members at local funeral homes when he worked for The Outlook last year, is introducing children and others to things Chinese.

An enthusiastic traveler, Kramer wrote his book, “Great China Projects You can Build Yourself,” as a how-to book dealing with everything from Buddhism to gunpowder. It is illustrated by his childhood friend Steven Weinberg. The publisher is Nomad Press.

Kramer will read, and likely demonstrate, from the book at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Powell’s in Beaverton. Instructions range from how to make an abacus to making ice cream (which in China is more like sorbet).

Though it is intended for children, Kramer sat his adult friends down to do the projects on weekends in order to make sure everything worked. Likewise, Weinberg illustrated each project in order to depict it visually.

Kramer, who is a freelance writer in Portland, attended Dartmouth College and visited China in 2006. The same year he taught school in Ethiopia, gaining experience in working with children.

Kramer’s book is available online at www.amazon.comwww.borders.comand www.barnesandnoble.com. The price is $21.95.

– Sharon Nesbit

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