NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR


EVENTS 2019


THURSDAY, MARCH 28
ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS & WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE (AWP)

Portland, Oregon
12 PM – 1:15 PM (PST)
Let’s Talk about Race, Baby; Let’s Talk about You & Me
C123, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1

Jean moderates this panel on race with authors Mira Jacob, Mitchell S. Jackson, Dina Nayeri and Irina Reyn. This panel is for anyone, regardless of color, who wishes to improve the way they write about, teach or publish racially- or ethnically-charged issues in this complex time. How do we handle race and ethnicity with sensitivity, in real life and on the page? How can we overcome discrimination in workshops and the publishing world? May we write negatively about a character of a particular race? This panel of successful writers provides honesty and humor and suggests strategies for connection.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29
12 PM – 1:15 PM (PST)

Unpublished Writer to Author: Get from Agent to Book Deal to Career as Author
Oregon Ballroom 203, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

Jean moderates this panel on publishing advice with authors Julia Fierro, Juan Martinez, Courtney Maum and editor Barbara Jones. The road from unpublished writer to author is long and filled with potential pitfalls. What should you do before approaching an agent? How do you get one interested in you? What are do’s and donn independent publicist? How do you give a good reading? These seasoned authors who have successfully navigated this rocky terrain talk about their experiences with different agencies and publishing houses, and share their top tips and hard-earned advice.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 – FRIDAY, APRIL 12
FOCUS ON THE ARTS 2019, HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL
Highland Park, IL
Jean speaks at Highland Park High School as a part of their Focus on the Arts festival.

EVENTS 2018

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
VROUWENNETWERK VOORSCHOTEN
15:00-16:00

Voorschoten, The Netherlands
Jean gives a reading on Immigratie: Droom en Werkelijkheid [Immigration: Dream and Reality] to members of the Vrouwennetwerk Voorschoten. Limited to members.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
1:00PM-2:15PM

Bloomington, IN
Jean Skypes with Asian American Literature class about themes of body, culture and identity in her novel Mambo in Chinatown and does a short reading plus a Q&A session.

MONDAY, APRIL 16
SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY:
ONE WORLD INITIATIVE

Sacramento, CA
Jean visits Sacramento State University as the keynote speaker for the One World Initiativeand as the author of the Sacramento State common read, GIRL IN TRANSLATION

12 PM - 1 PM (PST)
Lunch with Students
Lunch in Dining Commons. Hosted by Housing and Residence Life

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM (PST)
Campus Lecture/Reading
Ballroom
Short lecture or reading, followed by Q&A with audience members. Open to entire campus community. Free event. Audience approx. 250-500.

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM (PST)
Book signing

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (PST)
University Reception with campus and community partners.
Epicure Restaurant. Hosted by Full Circle Program.

7 PM - 8 PM (PST)
One World Initiative Keynote Speaker
Ballroom
Presented by the One Book Program.
Lecture with reading (45 minutes), then followed by Q&A with audience members. Open to public. Free event. Audience approx. 250-500.

8:10 PM - 9:30 PM (PST)
Book signing. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 8
ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS & WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE

Tampa, Florida
9 AM – 10:15 AM (EST)
Defeating Writer's Block: Techniques for Breaking Through
Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, 2nd fl
Jean moderates this panel on overcoming writer's block with authors Mira JacobJuan MartinezElizabeth L. Silver and Sari Wilson. Every writer has felt that panic when facing the page. The desire to write burns within and yet nothing comes out. How do we keep ourselves from getting blocked? How do we develop a healthy, happy relationship with our writing? What does a day in the life of a working writer look like? How do we carve out the time and mental space to be creative? This panel of diverse writers who have successfully overcome writer’s block share their techniques and offer advice, support, and caution. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 9
3 PM – 4:15 PM (EST)

If Only I'd Known: Advice for Navigating the Publishing World
Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, 2nd fl
Jean moderates this panel on publishing advice with authors Mitchell S. JacksonRebecca MakkaiJulia Fierro and Courtney Maum. From getting an agent to working with an editor to doing publicity, the life of a writer is filled with potential pitfalls. What are things you should do before you ever sign with an agent? What are definite no-nos while trying to get an agent? How many of your editor’s changes do you accept? What are tips for a great reading? How can you do publicity best? These seasoned writers talk about their own experiences with different agencies and publishing houses and share their hard-earned advice.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29
ATHENEUM COLLEGE HAGEVELD
13.30-15.20

Heemstede, The Netherlands
Jean speaks to students and staff about her life and work, followed by a Q&A session.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
EUROPEAN LEAGUE FOR MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION (ELMLE) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ELMLE Talks
8:40 AM – 9:40 AM

Secrets Students Keep
Salon A B C
Jean gives the opening TED-style address on Secrets Students Keep. She offers a personal view from having been that student herself, from her own years as a teacher and from her talks with similar children across the world. She provides possible explanations, dispels common assumptions and talks about potential solutions for a meaningful connection. Audience approx. 250-300.

10 AM – 11 AM
Bridging the Gap: Workshop on Race, Culture and Language
Salon A B C
How can we manage different races, cultures and native languages in the classroom in a competent, caring way? How can we best help students who come from vastly different backgrounds than our own? It is so easy to misunderstand and mishandle sensitive situations. Jean will first speak about her own background, then conduct a workshop on recognizing your own cultural lens, better understanding the cultural backgrounds of students, building a broader knowledge base and possible cultural management strategies.


EVENTS 2017


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY
12 PM-1:30 PM (PST)

Sacramento, CA
Jean does an online Zoom session with Sacramento State about themes in GIRL IN TRANSLATION, their FYE read, and does a short reading plus a Q&A session.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF AMSTERDAM
8 AM-1.30 PM

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jean speaks to students and staff about her work and life followed by a Q&A, plus a smaller meet and greet.  Article about Jean's visit here

FRIDAY, MAY 12
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL UTRECHT
20.15 - 21.00

Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Jean is interviewed together with Sun Li. Jean will talk about her books and her life. Book signing after the interview.
This is a ticketed event, please click here for more information.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS & WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Success, Failure and the Green-Eyed Monster: Thriving in a Competitive Environment
Washington Convention Center, Room 206
Washington D.C.
Jean moderates this panel on the mental preparation for success with award-winning authors Jami AttenbergMitchell S. JacksonMira Jacoband Rebecca Makkai.


EVENTS 2016

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
LAKE FOREST COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
9:00AM-10:30AM

Lake Forest, IL
Jean speaks to students and staff as a part of the Ragdale in Schools project.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
2:30PM-3:45PM

Bloomington, IN
Jean skypes with Asian American Literature class about themes in her books and does a short reading plus a Q&A session.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
LYCEUM OUDEHOVEN
10.30AM-12.00PM

Gorinchem, The Netherlands
Diversity and Cross-Cultural Understanding
Jean speaks to students and staff about cultural diversity, difference and communication followed by a Q&A.  

MONDAY, APRIL 18
GYMNASIUM CAMPHUSIANUM GORINCHEM
13.15-15.15
Gorinchem, The Netherlands 

Jean speaks to students from the fourth and fifth year and staff about her work. Q&A afterward.

THURSDAY, APRIL 15
ATHENEUM COLLEGE HAGEVELD
14.20-16.20

Heemstede, The Netherlands
Jean speaks to students and staff about her life and work, followed by a Q&A session.


EVENTS 2015

SUNDAY, JANUARY 11
NPR WEEKEND EDITION, RADIO INTERVIEW 9:40 AM EST 
Jean chats with host Rachel Martin in WEEKEND READS, a series in which bestselling novelists recommend books. Jean chooses Lisa See’s CHINA DOLLS.

MONDAY, MARCH 2
BIBLIOTHEEK KATWIJK, 20.00
Schelpendam 1
Katwijk
The Netherlands
This is a ticketed event, please click here for more information.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
1 PM – 2 PM
Bridging the Divide: Writing Across Cultures
Student Union South Ballroom
Signing to follow at Sales & Signing Area #1 – UA BookStore Tent
Panel with Jean Kwok, Amy Tan and Lisa Seemoderated by News 4 television anchor Tom McNamara. Three outstanding authors discuss how straddling different cultures brings challenges and rewards to their writing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
1 PM – 2 PM
Fiction: For the Love of Book Clubs
Chemistry Room 111
Signing to follow at Sales & Signing Area #6 – Koffler Patio
Panel with Jean Kwok, Sarah Bird and Carol Cassella moderated by Helene Woodhams. A common question for book clubs – What should we read next? The festival invites you to explore the works of three authors who write novels we think are great for book clubs.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17
NOORDHOFF LIJSTER PROMOTION TOUR
Vechtdal College Ommen, 11 uur
Jean praat met studenten en docenten uit de winnende school van de Noordhoff Lijster Promotion Tour.
More details to come.

THURSDAY, MAY 28
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 9PM - 10:30PM
BOOK SIGNING AND CREATIVE WORKS
Science Center
Limited to members of the Harvard community

FRIDAY, MAY 29
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 4PM - 6PM
MINI-TED-STYLE TALKS
Jean talks about the choice to live an artistic life. 
Science Center B
Limited to members of the Harvard community

FRIDAY, MAY 29
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 9:45PM - 11:30PM
CABARET
Jean shares the stage with Ethan Herschenfeld, Elke Zoe Baker, Derek Newman, Maya Forbes, Sara Melson, Pier Carlo Talenti, Mischa Glouberman, Roland Davis and more. 
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall
Limited to members of the Harvard community

SUNDAY, JULY 26
NPR WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY, RADIO INTERVIEW 

9:40 AM EST 
Jean chats again with host Rachel Martin in WEEKEND READS, a series in which bestselling novelists recommend books. This time, Jean chooses Patricia Park's RE JANE.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
RAGDALE TEA & TALK, LAKE FOREST, IL 
10 AM
Ragdale
1260 North Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Jean has been named the 2015 Hannah Judy Gretz Fellow at Ragdale and is in residence there, working on her new book. Join her for tea and a presentation about her work and life. Book signing to follow.
Open to the public with free admission but space is limited so reservations are required. Please click here for more information. 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
WOODLANDS ACADEMY BROWN BAG LUNCH PRESENTATION, LAKE FOREST, IL
Woodlands Academy
760 E. Westleigh Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Jean is the featured speaker in Woodlands Academy's Brown Bag Lunch series. She talks to students and staff about her life and books.
Limited to members of Woodlands Academy. 

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