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

Nov 9 at 4 pm: Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City - moderator: Andy Heyn

Nov 11 at 1 pm: The Good Women of China with Karoline Kan and Yi Han - moderator: Dr Kathryn Kyaw




October 21 "From Shining Pearl to Shining Sea" Talk & reading hosted by the Massachusetts Review at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts (a Five-College event)

October 18 to 19 Featured writer at Brattleboro Literary Festival, Vermont

September 26 Talk & reading Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York

September 10 Live at Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City

August 4 Noir at the Bar, Mulligans, Hoboken, New Jersey

July 13 Summer authors booksigning event at The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, New York

June 23 Book talk & reading at World Affairs Council of Rhode Island literary salon, Cranston, Rhode Island

April 25 Book talk, reading & booksigning at New York University Bookstore, 726 Broadway, NYC (with author Randon Billings Noble)

April 5 Reading & reception at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing & Publishing program, Montpelier, Vermont

April 2 - Book talk "The Art of the Essay" & book signing at Old Town Books, Alexandria, Virginia (with author Randon Billings Noble)

March 27 to 30 AWP Annual Conference & Book Fair.  Mentor: AWP Writer to Writer mentorship program spring 2019.  Panelist: "Two Country Careers: Writers on Living and Writing in More than One Place" moderated by Aviya Kushner with Cole Swensen, Curtis Bauer, Martha Cooley.  Book signing at book fair.

March 23 Book talk, reading & signing at Politics & Prose Books, Washington DC

March 19 Book launch party at the Ear Inn, New York City.

February 22 Morningside Writers Series at the Chinese University of Hong Kong 

February 7: 2019 Camden Conference Talk at Rockland, ME Public Library 

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 

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

PUBLIC EYE:  In the Media

Events 2017 & 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 4 to 6:  Jakarta Post's Writers Series 2018 "The Story of Us", Indonesia - led memoir workshop, reading & panel

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

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



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.
Jul 13 Asia Society, Hong Kong - The Writer's Life in Fiction & Nonfiction
Jun 23 Pacific University MFA summer residency - Visiting writer. “Between Fiction & Nonfiction”

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)

May 17 to 20: Makassar International Literary Festival, Indonesia - Featured writer

May 12 to 13: Jakarta Post Writing Center, Jakarta, Indonesia - Workshop leader & featured international author

Mar 23: Reading Club at the University of Hong Kong Library - featured author 

Mar 17 to 19: The Script Road Macau Literary Festival - featured writer
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 Bachmann
bottom: Mila D Aguilar, Sindiwe Magona, Xu Xi