China-themed book signings in Chicago this spring

If you love books about Chinese culture, it’s a great spring to live in Chicago. We’re so lucky these fabulous authors will be making appearances around Chicago in May and June.


Leading off the tour of China-related book signings is Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation (Riverhead, 2010). Kwok draws from her childhood as an immigrant from Hong Kong who shines at school as an A student during the day and then slaves away at night in a New York sweatshop. Kwok lives in Holland, so it’s quite an honor she’s chosen to stop in the Chicago area on her book tour.

Jean Kwok will be speaking on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

811 Elm Street, Winnetka

Big Girl Small

The next two evenings Rachel DeWoskin will read from her new novel, Big Girl Small (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). Although this novel doesn’t take place in China or deal with Chinese themes, DeWoskin debuted on the literary scene with her illuminating memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China (WW Norton, 2005). Her first novel, Repeat After Me (Overlook Press, 2009) detailed the haunting story of an American woman and her Chinese husband.

DeWoskin will read from her new novel on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:30 PM
Women and Children First
5233 North Clark, Chicago


Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 PM
57th Street Books
1301 East 57th Street, Chicago


And then later this spring, Northwestern alum Cheryl Tan returns to Chicago to read from and sign her new memoir, A Tiger in the Kitchen (Vision, 2011). Hailed as a delicious food memoir with a spicy family story, A Tiger in the Kitchen is top on my list to read after I finish DeWoskin’s new novel.

Tan will be speaking at The Printers Row Lit Fest, time to be announced. The fest will be held this year on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th. Check the Tribune’s website closer to the days of the fest for the exact date and time of Tan’s appearance.

If you know of other author readings pertaining to Chinese culture, I’d love to hear about them.

Happy reading!

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