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TUE March 19 from 5:30 pm Book launch party at the EAR INN: NYC's oldest bar & literary space


SAT March 23 - 3:30 to 5 pm Talk, reading & booksigning at Politics & Prose Books, Washington DC


SAT March 30 - 1:30 to 2:30 pm Book signing at the AWP Bookfair  at the University of Nebraska Press booths # 9093 & 9095, Portland, Oregon


TUE April 2 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm Book talk “The Art of the Essay" & book signing at Old Town Books, Alexandria, Virginia (with author Randon Billings Noble)


FRI April 5 - 5:30 to 7:30 pm Reading & reception at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing & Publishing program, Montpelier, Vermont


THU April 25 - 6 to 7:30 pm Book talk, reading & booksigning at New York University Bookstore, 726 Broadway, NYC (with author Randon Billings Noble)


SUN May 12 - 7 pm Reading & welcome reception at Authors at Large Thailand 2019 international writers’ retreat, Hua Hin, Thailand


SUN July 13 - 3 to 5 pm Summer authors booksigning event at The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, New York


THU September 26 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm Book talk & signing at MOCA The Museum of Chinese in America, New York City


November 9 to 11 - Featured author at the 2019 Fifth Irrawady Literary Festival in Mandalay, Myanmmar (Burma)



AWP 2019 My Events

March 26 to 30: The Bookfair - find me at the VCFA Vermont College of Fine Arts booths #5021 & 5023 for the International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation - for appointments email


WED March 27 @ 5:30 pm Gala dinner featuring Cheryl Strayed


THU March 28 @ 12:15 pm Speculative Nonfiction editorial advisory board meeting


FRI March 29 @ 5 pm Vermont College of Fine Arts  information session at The Quimby Room

@ 6pm VCFA Reception Imperial Room - Hotel Lucia 410 SW Broadway


SAT March 30 @ 12:15 pm Xu Xi is a Panelist on “Two Country Careers: Writers on Living & Writing in moe than One Place” moderated by Aviya Kushner with writers Curtis Bauer, Cole Swensen & Martha Cooley. 


SAT March 30 @ 1:30 pm Booksigning at the UNP University of Nebraska Press booths  #9093 & 9095 


February 22 Morningside Writers Series at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 5 to 6:30 pm


February 7: 2019 Camden Conference Talk at Rockland, ME Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm 

topic: The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong

description: In Chinese, goodbye is 再見, meaning "see you again" but for Hong Kong writer Xu Xi, her birthplace may not be one she can quite "see" again. Xu will talk about what Hong Kong is and is becoming through the lens of her two most recent books. As well, she will address the larger question of the shifting balance of superpowers — namely, China and the U.S.A. — that underpin the transnational world of much of her work. 


February 5: Bentley University, MA Creative Writers Forum from 5 to 7:30 pm

topic: "Juggling Lives"

description: Xu Xi should have been a cat, with nine instead of just one life.  Instead, her one juggled the writer and several other lives.  How do you reconcile corporate "hatchet lady" with a humanist's compassion?  Or the filial Asian daughter with the globalized feminist gaze?  Or an ambitious careerist with the private, even reclusive artist?  As well, she has inhabited more flight paths than she cares to recall.  Xu will share her experience of negotiating these multiple transcultural and transnational lives.


January 31:  New York book launch of Hong Kong Noir (Akashic, New York) at the Museum of China in America (MOCA) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm



Events 2018 (select list)

November 9 to 11: Hong Kong International Literary Festival at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Central, Hong Kong - Featured author, moderator, fiction/nonficiton workshop


June 27 to 30:  International Conference on the Short Story in English at the University of Lisbon, Portugal "Beyond History: the radiance of the short story" – reading, panel & keynote moderated by Robert Olen Butler


May 31 to June 6:  Authors at Large retreat at Ba'an Thai Villas in Hua Hin, Thailand - led fiction workshop


May 20:  Pre-release book launch for Insignificance (Signal 8 Press) at FLM, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong


May 4 to 6:  Jakarta Post's Writers Series 2018 "The Story of Us", Indonesia - led memoir workshop, reading & panel


April 26: Hong Kong Writers Circle panel on the MFA at WYND


April 7:  Conversation with Shanghai Literary Review, Brut Cake Café, Shanghai, China


March 21 to 24:  Beijing Bookworm Festival, China - readings, panels, workshop


March 7 to 10: Association of Writers & Writing Programs annual conference, Tampa, Florida

Mar 9 @ 3pm:  The Role of the Expatriate Writer in Times of Political Upheaval - chair: Connie May Fowler with, Donald Quist & Darryl Whetter

Mar 10 @ 10:30 am: Tearing Down Family & Societal Myths in Creative Writing - chair: Kaylie Jones with Laurie Jean Cannady, Sue William Silverman and J. Patrick Redmond



PUBLIC EYE:  In the Media

Events 2017

Nov 3 to 5: Irrawady Literary Festival, Mandalay, Myannmar - Featured author (due to death in the family Xu was unable to attend)

Nov 7: Hong Kong Literary Festival - “From Fiction to Nonfiction”

Nov 9 to 12: Singapore Writers Festival - featured on “The Responsibility of Origins & Identities” • “The Individual’s Story in a World of Flux” • “Emotional Truths: Memoirs vs. Fiction”

Nov 24 to 26: Cliftons, Central, Hong Kong - first Urban Weekend Retreat for Authors at Large includes workshop in writing craft, conversations about writing life & publishing and creating a literary community for fiction & nonfiction writers - apply at link above.

October 21 to 25: Asia Pacific Writers & Translators annual conference, Bali, Indonesia - (due to volcanic activity, Xu decided not to attend)

Jul 13 at 6:30 pm: Asia Society, Hong Kong - The Writer's Life in Fiction & Nonfiction
Jul 27 at 6 pm: Alvy’s, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong - Penguin Hong Kong Series Book Party - Book signing & reading.

Jun 23 at 10:30 am: Pacific University MFA summer residency - Visiting writer. “Between Fiction & Nonfiction”

May 6: Women’s Studies Research Group 2017 Spring Workshop, University of Hong Kong - Workshop leader & keynote speaker

May 12 to 13: Jakarta Post Writing Center, Jakarta, Indonesia - Workshop leader & featured international author
May 17 to 20: Makassar International Literary Festival, Indonesia - Featured writer
May 27 to Jun 1: Authors at Large Writers Retreat, Siglufjörður, Iceland - Organizer & fiction workshop leader (offered in conjunction with the 2017 Iowa Summer Writer's Festival)

Mar 7: League of Women Voters, Hong Kong
2017 The Script Road Macau Literary Festival
Mar 17 @ 11 am: The Festival in the School, St. Joseph University - speaker
Mar 19 @ 4:30 pm: Writers & their books, Old Court Building - panelist
Mar 23: Reading Club at the University of Hong Kong Library - featured author

Jan 10 to 24: La Muse Writers Retreat, Labastide-Esparbairenque, France - writer-in-residence

Chateau de Lavigny International Writers Residency Summer 2005 Photo L to R top: Andrew Zawacki, Beate Rygiert, Daniel Bachmannbottom: Mila D Aguilar, Sindiwe Magona, Xu Xi