Apr
2
3:00 pm15:00

AWP Panel: Slouching Tiger, Unsung Dragon: The Next Chapter of Asian American Writing

Venue: Room 406 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level 

 

What does it mean to be a writer of Asian descent publishing in North America? These four writers are exploring territory beyond tiger moms and immigrant hardship, venturing into updated expressions of Asian masculinity, Confucianism, and contemporary Asian culture. The panelists will discuss traditional and experimental approaches to Asian American fiction and poetry, and explore how artistic and professional choices impact perceptions of their work and their identities.

Moderator:

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has been published internationally, and her journalism in publications such as the New York Times. A board member of Project Bookmark and founder of Hapa-palooza Festival, Anna reads and writes in Vancouver BC, where she is editor of Ricepaper magazine.

Ed Lin is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. 

Doretta Lau is an editor at a contemporary visual culture museum. Her debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was named by theAtlantic as one of the best books of 2014. She works in Hong Kong.

Chiwan Choi is the author of two traditional books—The Flood and Abductions. In 2015, he will have written, presented, and destroyed a new book, Ghostmaker. Chiwan is also founding partner of Writ Large Press, an indie publisher that uses books and publishing to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

 

Apr
2
10:30 am10:30

AWP Panel: No Place Like Home: Setting

Venue: Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor 

 

Where does one set the modern short story in this globalized age? What are the artistic and political implications of these choices? In a modern world where stories take place across and outside of national boundaries, how does setting impact subject, tone, and point of view? These writers with ties to multiple countries reflect on how they situate the transnational short story, and highlight narrative tools to bring culturally rich narratives to life.

Moderator:

Doretta Lau is an editor at a contemporary visual culture museum. Her debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was named by theAtlantic as one of the best books of 2014. She works in Hong Kong.

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has been published internationally, and her journalism in publications such as the New York Times. A board member of Project Bookmark and founder of Hapa-palooza Festival, Anna reads and writes in Vancouver BC, where she is editor of Ricepaper magazine.

Chris Tarry is the author of the story collection, How to Carry Bigfoot Home, and he holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. His writing has been published widely. Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner and one of New York’s most sought-after musicians.

Ayelet Tsabari is the author of the story collection The Best Place on Earth which won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and has been published internationally. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Tom Cho is the author of the collection of fiction Look Who’s Morphing, which was brought to fruition as part of his PhD in professional writing. He has received various grants and residencies, has had his fiction published widely in literary magazines, and is writing a novel on the meaning of life.

Mar
26
6:00 pm18:00

Books from the Shelf in Victoria, BC

Emily Pohl-Weary (Ghost Sick, Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl) and I will be reading together in Victoria!

I first met Emily when I was writing for Discorder Magazine at The University of British Columbia; I interviewed her when her first book, Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, was published. Come see us read and talk about writing!

DETAILS

Cenote Restaurant and Lounge
768 Yates Street
Victoria, BC
Free admission

 

Oct
12
10:00 am10:00

literASIAN: Book Fair

I shall be reading and signing books along with Edwin Lee, Raymond Nakamura, Lily Chow, Tom Cho, Serena Leung, Yasuko Thanh, and Kim Fu.

DETAILS

UBC Learning Exchange
612 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
Free Admission

Oct
11
11:30 am11:30

literASIAN: Readings and Book Signings

I'm doing a reading and book signing with Souvankham Thammavongsa, Elaine Woo, Fred Wah, Yasuko Thanh, Kim Fu, Corinna Chong, Raymond Nakamura, Lily Chow and Edwin Lee.

DETAILS

Richmond Library
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC
Free Admission

Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

literASIAN: Fiction Readings

I'll be reading from How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? during this literASIAN event. The other awesome writers are Yasuko Thanh, Kim Fu, Corinna Chong and Tom Cho!

DETAILS

Centre A
229 E Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC
Free admission

Sep
29
7:00 pm19:00

Women in Clothes Vancouver Launch

Women in Clothes is an awesome book edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, with Mary Mann.

A few of the Vancouver contributors (Jennifer Croll, Jaclyn Bruneau and Zoe Welch) and I have organized a launch. With special guests Amber Dawn (author of How Poetry Saved My Life), Mina Shum (director of Double Happiness) and Joy Pecknold (Western Editor of FASHION).

Books for sale by The Paper Hound.

Cavalier
#217-207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver

Sep
24
12:15 pm12:15

Thin Air: The Nooner

Oh! I shall be visiting Winnipeg for the first time in my life thanks to an invitation from THIN AIR. Come to The Nooner, featuring me!

DETAILS

Millennium Library
51 Donald Street
Carol Shields Auditorium
Free admission

 

Apr
23
7:00 pm19:00

Book Launch at The Paper Hound in Vancouver

Join me in celebration of the publication of How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? at The Paper Hound.

The Paper Hound
344 W Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T1
Phone (604) 428-1344

Please RSVP: by phone or by e-mail at contactdoretta AT gmail DOT com

Thank you to Nightwood Editions and the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop.