NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR


EVENTS 2020

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5-FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Lake Forest, Illinois
LAKE FOREST READS: SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE
SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE is the Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale pick for 2020.
Since 2012, Lake Forest Library has been presenting the Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale program. In partnership with the Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest College and the Friends of Lake Forest Library, this program encourages the Lake Forest community to read one book by a writer affiliated with Ragdale, with the purpose of fostering literacy, a culture of reading, and a sense of community. We encourage members of the community to read the book, host book discussions, and attend events in the community sponsored by the program. In addition, we encourage you to attend the events with Jean Kwok on November 5th and 6th. Details to come.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 – MONDAY, MARCH 16
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Tucson, AZ
Jean Kwok is teaching at the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and Masters Writing Workshops. Jean is teaching a masters writing course called, “Narrative Design: How to Keep Readers Riveted.” It is a discussion of different methods to plot and structure a novel, including treatment of character development, themes, setting, voice, point of view, etc. She will be also giving a talk about navigating the publishing world. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 15
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Tucson, AZ
Searching for Home
10AM-11AM

Integrated Learning Center Room 150
Jean Kwok, Angie Cruz and Jeanine Cummins discuss the various paths their characters take in searching for their homes, both old and new. Moderator: Pamela Treadwell-Rubin. Sales & Signing Area – Integrated Learning Center (following presentation) 

SATURDAY, MARCH 14
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Tucson, AZ

Who Am I, Anyway?
1PM-2PM
Modern Languages Room 350
Jean Kwok, Meng Jin and Therese Anne Fowler all come to Tucson with books featuring women leading lives far different than the ones they were probably born for. Each must wrestle with questions of who they are and who they should be. Moderator: Cheryl House. Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)

It’s Complicated.
4PM-5PM
UA BookStore
National Book Award-finalist Julia Phillips, Jean Kwok and Liz Moore all come to the festival with books that might be called whodunnits. But they are more than that. These tales are told with such depth, such empathy and such care they have all the earmarks of great modern fiction. Moderator: Eileen Brady. Sales & Signing Area – UA BookStore (following presentation)

THURSDAY, MARCH 12
West Palm Beach, Florida
LOVE OF LITERACY KEYNOTE SPEAKER
11:30AM
Jean Kwok is the KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the 29th annual Love of Literacy Luncheon, presented by Bank of America, on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion in West Palm Beach. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Audience 600+.

Individual luncheon tickets are $150. Patron tickets are $300 and include a photo with Kwok at a private reception. A table of 10 is $1,500. Other sponsorship opportunities are detailed here.

The luncheon, co-chaired by Bernadette O’Grady and Debra Ghostine, funds programs provided by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. These programs provide literacy skills to children, adults and families to help them succeed in school and in life. The Coalition’s goal is to ensure every adult and child in Palm Beach County can read.

For more information, visit www.LiteracyPBC.org, or call 561-279-9103.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10
New York, NY
POP-UP BOOK GROUP: JEAN KWOK
7:30PM
Join us for a Pop-Up Book Group with bestselling novelist Jean Kwok to discuss her novel, SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE. Run by Jean Hanff Korelitz
$35 per person. SOLD OUT. Join the waitlist here

THURSDAY, MARCH 5
ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS AND WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE (AWP)
San Antonio, Texas
3:20 PM – 4:45 PM 
A READING AND CONVERSATION WITH JEAN KWOK, DANI SHAPIRO AND JACQUELINE WOODSON, SPONSORED BY PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE SPEAKERS BUREAU
HemisFair Ballroom C1, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Jean Kwok is a FEATURED PRESENTER in the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau event with Dani Shapiro and Jacqueline Woodson.

From First Book Deal to Career as Author: How to Navigate the Publishing World
12:10PM-1:25PM
Room 301, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Jean moderates this panel on publishing advice with authors Mitchell S. JacksonRebecca Makkai,  Courtney Maum and editor Barbara Jones. There’s a large gap in between being published to developing a career as an author. After you get a book deal, what are do’s and don’ts while working with an editor? What’s the role of your agent then? Do you need a website? Should you hire an independent publicist? What can you do to help your book succeed? How do you give a great reading? What’s the difference between publicity and marketing? How do you develop a career as an author? Four seasoned authors and one executive editor offer advice.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
NOOIT MEER SLAPEN
0.00 – 1.00
Jean is interviewed on the late night cultural program of the VPRO on NPO Radio 1 about DE PERFECTE ZUS (Dutch translation of SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE) by Pieter van der Wielen. Entire program is in Dutch.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22  – SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
WRITERS WINTER BREAK 2020
Catapult and William Morris Endeavor  invite you to spend five days (Jan. 22 - Jan. 26) at IMG Academy in beautiful Bradenton, Florida, just south of Tampa and on the Manatee River, for one of the most unique writing conferences in the world.

Join Chloe BenjaminJennine Capó Crucet, Jean Kwok, Héctor Tobar, Meg Wolitzer, and many other award-winning and bestselling novelists, journalists, poets, essayists, and memoirists for a revitalizing blend of carefully curated social, educational, and creative events all tailored around the writing life.  

Focus on your manuscript, connect with your peers, find no you can count on that, too! With a book in hand, of course.

If you have questions about Writer's Winter Break, please be in touch: classes@catapult.co.

NOVEL WRITING WORKSHOP BY JEAN KWOK
For writers accustomed to working with shorter fiction, the prospect of starting on a novel can be daunting, if not overwhelming. With the help of a bestselling, award-winning novelist, Jean Kwok, this course will offer a comp

ew mentors, receive detailed feedback from leading literary writers, learn how to launch and navigate a writing career, and forge transformative connections with agents and other key players in the industry.

It wouldn't be January in Florida without some time at the pool, srehensive guide on how to shape your novel into its best form, whether you are in the early pages of a draft or if you already have a full manuscript.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
Lake Forest, IL
SALON FOR JEAN KWOK, RAGDALE FOUNDATION
6:30PM – 9PM CT
Enjoy a presentation on Jean’s New York Times bestseller, SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, along with cocktails and delicious fare. The evening will also include an optional dance lesson led by Jean, a former professional ballroom dancer, to celebrate the creation of the new Sybil Shearer Studio for dance at Ragdale.
$50 per person. SOLD OUT



EVENTS 2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9
Notre Dame, Indiana
SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE LITERARY FESTIVAL
Jean Kwok joins Adriana Trigiani and other authors such as Jean Hanff Korelitz, Julie Klam, Douglas Brinkley, Leila Meacham, Val Emmich, Anna Monardo, Laurie Eustis and Anna Scotti for this star-studded literary festival. Audience of more than 600 people.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Galveston, Texas
TACRAO CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Jean Kwok is the keynote speaker at the annual Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers conference. Audience of more than 650 people.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
READING CORNER
Jean has been chosen as the Author of the Month for October on this Facebook reading group and will be popping in and out the entire month, but especially on October 27th to answer questions. She will also be chatting about her new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee and there will be a free GIVEAWAY of the book as well. Please join the group to be able to participate.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
London, UK
JOHN MURRAY PRESS FICTION 2020 PREVIEW
Jean Kwok meets members of the media in anticipation of the international English and UK edition of SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE in February 2020.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
Morristown, NJ
MORRISTOWN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
10 AM

Church of the Redeemer, 65 South Street
Panel with Jean Kwok, Joanne Ramos and Lauren Wilkinson, moderated by Robin Kall. Book signings will follow at BOOK SALES/SIGNING TENT on Vail Mansion Lawn

BOOK CLUB GIRL AUTHOR LUNCHEON
12:15 PM
Starlight Room
SOLD OUT
Jean Kwok, Beatriz Williams, S.A. Chakraborty, Jennifer Robson
Meet and mingle with some of your favorite book club authors at an exclusive sit-down lunch at the festival. Authors will visit with each table, sharing stories, answering questions and signing books — and you’ll take home an amazing swag bag filled with books plus an exclusive advance copy of a Winter 2020 title from William Morrow. This event is SOLD OUT.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
Boston, MA
AUTHOR TALK SERIES: WIEBKE VON CAROLSFELD AND JEAN KWOK AT BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
6 PM – 7:30 PM
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Jean Kwok is in conversation with Wiebke von Carolsfeld, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Free and open to the public.
Panel with Jean Kwok

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
BIBLIOTHEEK VOORSCHOTEN
20.00
Voorschoten, The Netherlands
Jean gives a reading about immigration at the Voorschoten Public Library, joining other authors from the area. Free and open to the public.

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.

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.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 
TODAY SHOW INSTAGRAM LIVE WITH JENNA BUSH HAGER
9AM ET
Jean is interviewed by Jenna Bush Hager on the Today Show's Instagram page about SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, the Read with Jenna Book Club Pick for the Today Show.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 
THE TODAY SHOW 
10AM ET

Jenna Bush Hager and Maria Shriver chat with Jean about SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, the Today Show Book Club Pick. Watch the interview here.

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, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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, 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, 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.

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 Translationand gives a talk plus a Q&A session.

 

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