NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR


EVENTS 2019

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
NHL STENDEN
1:30PM-2:30PM CET

Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Jean Skypes with American Studies class about the American Dream, covering themes of language, culture and identity in her novel Girl in Translation and gives a talk plus a Q&A session.

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, Devi Laskar 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Unpublished Writer to Author: Get from Agent to Book Deal to Career as Author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 The road from unpublished writer to author is long and filled with potential pitfalls.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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 - SATURDAY APRIL 27
NOVEL AFFAIR, RAGDALE FOUNDATION 
Jean is one of twelve featured authors in Ragdale's fundraiser Novel Affair, alongside Rumaan Alam, Melanie Benjamin, Jamel Brinkley, Benjamin Dreyer, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Julie Klam, Laura Lippman, Rebecca MakkaiFaisal Mohyuddin, Kathleen Rooney and Mona Simpson

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
NOVEL AFFAIR SCHOOL DAY, RAGDALE FOUNDATION 
2PM-4PM CT
Featured authors will visit schools from Chicago to Zion to foster healthy self-expression and creative career opportunities. When you become a Novel Affair School Day Sponsor, local teachers will be invited to attend Novel Affair’s Saturday afternoon reception.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27
RECEPTION AND DINNERS, RAGDALE FOUNDATION
4PM CT RECEPTION AT SHOREACRES 
6:45PM CT DINNERS
The Saturday, April 27, cocktail reception will be held at Shoreacres, the historic golf club offering stunning views of Lake Michigan from its elegant David Adler-designed clubhouse. All celebrated writers will attend and their books will be available for signing. The reception will be followed by intimate dinners in distinctive North Shore homes, each dinner featuring a pair of writers.

The reception at Shoreacres begins at 4PM, followed by dinners at 6:45PM. Shoreacres is located at 1601 Shoreacres Road, Lake Bluff IL 60044 and ticketed guests will be advised of dinner locations in North Shore homes.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://ragdale.org or by phone at 847.234.1063. $500/person for dinner and reception; $150/person for Reception only; $125/person for teachers and book clubs (5 minimum) – Reception only.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
WTNH GOOD MORNING CT AT 9AM
9AM

Jean is interviewed on this morning television show about SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE.

THURSDAY, MAY 30
FACEBOOK LIVE
2PM ET
Come join Jean with her editor Jessica Williams as they chat LIVE on this Facebook Live video on the Book Club Girl Facebook page. They’ll be discussing Jean’s new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee, her new book club kit with recipes, and more. Post comments or questions in the comments section of the video.

FRIDAY, MAY 31 - NEW YORK, NY
BOOK EXPO AMERICA
AUTOGRAPHING SESSION
9:30AM-10AM
Javits Center, Autographing Area
655 W 34th Street, New York City
Jean signs books and meets readers.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 – NEW YORK, NY
BOOK EXPO AMERICA/ BOOKCON
AUTOGRAPHING SESSION
1:15PM – 2PM ET
Javits Center – BookCon Autographing Area, NYC
655 W 34th Street, New York City
All signings that take place in the BookCon Autographing Area will be digitally Ticketed before the Show. From Saturday May 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM EDT until BookCon (June 1 & 2, 2019), fans can reserve their spot at up to two signings per day in the BookCon Autographing Area. Tickets will be distributed to fans on a first come, first serve basis. A valid ticket to BookCon for the day of the signing is required for participation. For more information on the process please visit our FAQ.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 - NEW YORK, NY
BOOK EXPO AMERICA/ BOOKCON
THE NEW AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PANEL
2:15PM – 2:50PM

Javits Center - Choice Stage, NYC
655 W 34th Street, New York City
Another favorite–and important–panel each year at BookCon, join Jean Kwok, Shilpi Somaya, Alisha Rai, and Raakhee Mirchandani with moderator Mackenzie Dawson as they discuss how their own experiences and their families’ experiences in the U.S. helped shaped both themselves and their books. These writers all have non-traditional definitions of what it means to be “American” and those unique perspectives are captured in their writing.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 – NEW YORK, NY
BOOK EXPO AMERICA/ BOOKCON
BOOK CLUB GIRL: AUTHOR MEET & GREET
4:30PM – 5:30PM
Javits Center – River Pavilion, NYC 655 W 34th Street, New York City
Join us for a late afternoon pick-me-up and mingle with fellow book lovers and bestselling authors – including Jean Kwok, Christina Baker Kline, Meg Cabot, Joshilyn Jackson, and more – over delicious treats and libations. Each attendee will receive a special gift bag filled with a variety of books and exclusive Advance Reader’s Editions of great book club reads, Book Club Girl swag, and more. Reserve your ticket for the Author Meet & Greet now and follow Book Club Girl on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about more future Book Club Girl events! Advanced registration is required and you must have a valid BookCon badge for this day. Register for this Book Club Girl event here.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2
BLOOM WITH TALL POPPIES
FACEBOOK CHAT
1PM ET – 2PM ET
Jean chats live on Facebook with author Janie Chang about Jean’s new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee. There will be free giveaways of the book as well. Please join the group beforehand to be able to participate.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4 – ST LOUIS, MO
AN EVENING WITH JEAN KWOK AND REBECCA MAKKAI
7 PM
St. Louis, MO | St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131
Joint event with Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Makkai
Bookseller: Left Bank Books
Free and open to the public

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN
JEAN KWOK: FOUNDATION VISITING AUTHOR SERIES
6:30 PM
Indianapolis, IN | Carmel Clay Library
55 4th Avenue Southeast, Carmel, IN 46032
Free and open to the public

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 – ATLANTA, GA
READING AND Q&A
7:15 PM  (NOT 6:15 PM as previously posted here) 
Atlanta, GA | Georgia Center for the Book
DeKalb County Public Library: 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030
Free and open to the public

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – WINSTON-SALEM, NC
NPR'S WSNC RADIO
4:30-5pm ET
Welcoming New York Times bestselling author Jean Kwok
Streaming live on NPR's WSNC Radio's "Bookmarked with Sarah McCoy,"

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – WINSTON-SALEM, NC
JEAN KWOK IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH MCCOY
7 PM
Winston-Salem, NC | BookMarks
634 W 4th Street, #110, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
In conversation with Sarah McCoy
Free and open to the public

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 – CLEVELAND, OH
MEET AUTHOR JEAN KWOK
2 PM
Cleveland, OH | Cuyahoga Library – South Euclid Branch and Writers Center
1876 South Green Road, South Euclid, OH 44121
Free and open to the public

MONDAY, JUNE 10
#LITCHAT
TWITTER CHAT
4PM ET – 5PM ET
Jean chats live on Twitter with writer Caroline Burns Bass using the hashtag #LitChat about Jean’s new novel Searching for Sylvie Lee. Just type “#litchat” into the Twitter search box and keep refreshing to keep up with the conversation. Feel free to ask questions/add comments as well – just make sure to type “#litchat” in your comment.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 – NEW YORK, NY
AN EVENING WITH JEAN KWOK AND LISA KO
6:30 PM
New York, NY | Asian American Writers’ Workshop
112 W 27th Street, Ste 600, New York, NY 10001
Joint event with National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko and moderator Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Free and open to the public

MONDAY, JULY 8
A NOVEL BEE
FACEBOOK CHAT
2PM ET – 3PM ET

Jean chats live on Facebook with Tonni Callan  about Jean’s new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee. Please join the group beforehand to be able to participate.

TUESDAY, SEPT 3 & TUESDAY, SEPT 24
READERS COFFEEHOUSE
Jean has been chosen as the Author of the Month for September on this Facebook reading group and will be popping in and out on these two dates to answer questions. She will also be chatting with author Cathy Lamb about Jean’s new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee and there will be free giveaways of the book as well. Please join the group a few days beforehand to be able to participate.



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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