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October 2017

Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Jeff Wasserstrom

13 October 2017 @ 12:00 - 13:00
University of California at Irvine, Murray Krieger Hall 300E
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
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Free

History lovers, this event is for you. I'm returning to my college alma mater, the University of California at Irvine, to speak with Chancellor's Professor Jeff Wasserstrom about the research that has gone into The Dancing Girl and the Turtle and will go into the other three volumes someday to be known as The Shanghai Quartet.

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Chinese Historical Society of Southern California

18 October 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Castelar Elementary School, 840 Yale Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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I've been invited to address the general meeting of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California to talk about my novel and how women's voices are heard in society, past and present. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Join us!

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Ramona Convent author visit

19 October 2017 @ 10:40 - 14:55
Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Road
Alhambra, CA 91803 United States
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Ramona Convent. Photo credit: Karen Kao A nun, a Ramona girl and a dancing girl walk into a bar: that was the email subject line that kick-started this event. What started out as a Lunch & Learn program with students of Ramona Convent Secondary School, my alma mater, has now evolved into a day of lectures. Topics will include the role Ramona Convent has played in my careers, tips on public speaking, French influence in Old Shanghai and the tough…

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Author Meet & Greet and Book-Signing with Karen Kao

21 October 2017 @ 14:00 - 16:00
University Community Branch Library, 4155 Governor Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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This author meet & greet will be co-hosted by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and APHAFIC. My talk will focus on the geopolitical backdrop of The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. In 1937 when my novel is set, Shanghai was home to over a million Chinese and roughly 30,000 "barbarians." Bagdhadi Jews, German military advisors, British and American traders and French diplomats. Would you be surprised to learn that the Japanese formed the largest segment of the foreign population…

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November 2017

Book club

16 November 2017 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Free

A private event for members of a book club here in Amsterdam. I've been forewarned: prepare for critique! I'll let you know if I survive.

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January 2018

The Shanghai Literary Review Launch

January 18 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Free

Image source: https://www.facebook.com/AsianAmericanWritersWorkshop/photos/gm.252794948590494/10156230285281189/?type=3&theater Here's an invitation to a launch event even though I won't be sitting in the room. TSLR Issue No. 2 launches on 18 January 2018 at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York City. And my nonfiction essay, Memory Palace, is in that review! the shanghai literary review Founding editor Juli Min describes The Shanghai Literary Review as a place for art that captures the Shanghai of the mind. TSLR is an ambitious new literary journal…

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Book club in Delft

January 27 @ 15:00 - 17:00

Image source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=157278&picture=vintage-book-poster It's wonderful to receive proof from the universe that someone out there is reading my blog. Just the other day, I got an email via the contact form on my website, asking if I'd be willing to speak to a book club in Delft. Of course! This will be my 6th book club appearance since the publication of The Dancing Girl and the Turtle. My experiences so far have been all over the map. From intimate groups…

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February 2018

Another Afternoon of Readings

February 25 @ 15:00 - 17:00
Pages Book Store Cafe Amsterdam, Herengracht 470
Amsterdam, 1017CA Netherlands
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Free

Back by popular demand, the Amsterdam English-language writing community gathers again for an afternoon of readings. Co-hosts Dipika Mukherjee and Karen Kao Last time, Dipika Mukherjee and I had a larger than expected turn out on a rainy Dutch day.  You heard stories about falling in love with Iran, flubbing a stand-up comedy act and missing a train at Shambala Junction. There was poetry about England, South African and Old Virginny. We had fun. This time, we have a whole…

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April 2018

Spring reading: International Writers’ Collective

April 20 @ 20:00 - 21:30
Boekhandel van Rossum, Beethovenstraat 32
Amsterdam, 1077JH Netherlands
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Logo International Writers' Collective It's tradition at the International Writers' Collective to close each workshop period with a student and faculty reading. We get to showcase the new talent coming through the IWC and hopefully inspire others to join us as well. The readers were chosen by Rick van der Waarden, editor-in-chief of Amsterdam's newest literary journal Expanded Field. All of us are students of the International Writers' Collective. This is the lineup. Kristen Langereis - "Flush" Linda Cook -…

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July 2018

Master Class – International Writers’ Collective

July 22 @ 17:00 - 19:30
Boekhandel van Rossum, Beethovenstraat 32
Amsterdam, 1077JH Netherlands
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€15

Master Class. Author photo credit: Maurits Bos. It's summertime at the International Writers' Collective and time for a well-deserved class break. But that doesn't mean radio silence. To keep those creative engines running, director Sarah Carriger has come up with a series of author lectures aka the Master Class. And I get to give the first one. q&a This won't be a reading like the one I gave in April at the IWC Spring Reading. In case you missed that…

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The Dancing Girl and the Turtle: publication date 01.04.2017