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September 10: “Writing Hong Kong: Remembering Who We Were” - a generative creative writing workshop.  Workshop leader.  Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto. 


June 2 to 9 Authors at Large Vietnam Literary Retreat - Co Host.  Join co-founders Robin Hemley Xu Xi at the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). For details and registration visit the webpage at this link.



Recent Events (from 2021)


January 11: Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Writing Creative Prose. Workshop leader



Sep 21 to 23: Meacham Writers Workshop, Univ. of Tennessee Chattanooga. Visiting Writer.

Jul 13 Solstice MFA Program: Visiting CNF writer in the Reading Series at Lasell University, Newton, Massachusetts. Reader

Jun 25 to Jul 2: Authors at Large international retreat & literary week at The Arts House, Singapore. Co-host/workshop leader/moderator.

Jun 20 to 24: ICSSE (Intl Conference on the Short Story in English), Nanyang Technoogical University, Singapore.  Reader/panelist/led workshop on writing the transnational short story.

Jun 6 to 9: Nobel Symposium in Literature, Stockholm, Sweden.  Speaker "The Problem of English in Contemporary Literature in the Fora of Criticism." Recording available on YouTube.

Apr 13: Jenks Visiting Writer Madeleine Thien, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts.  Host & moderator.

March 24:  AAARI at City University of New York Asian American/Asian Research Institute Lecture Series Speaker. 

March 21: Author on the Hill, Dinead Library, College of the Holy Cross, Masssachusetts. 

February 2: Working Writers series, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts.  Reading with Leila Philip.



December 5: Utah State University Graduate CNF class. Visiting writer (virtual).

November 10: Working Writers "Writing Globally" with Megan McDowell, Jee Leong Koh & Rodrigo Fuentes, College of the Holy Cross. Moderator & organizer.

October 17: The Writer's Project, SUNY Adirondack. Visiting Writer.

October 14: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council: "25 Years After the Hong Kong Handover: NYC Chinese American Artists Respond" Reader & panelist.

October 13: Penn State University Rolling Reading Series, MFA program at the Department of English.  Visiting Writer.

September 16 to 18:  5th International Creative Writing Conference of the University of Western Macedonia in Palermo, Italy.  Keynote speaker & Scientific Committee.

September 7: Center for Jewish History A Panel of Editors & Writers for Jewish Noir II (virtual). Panelist. 

March to August: 2022 Singapore Literature Prize  Fiction judge with authors Balli Kaur Jaswal and Shirley Geok-lin Lim.  

May 22 to 28: Authors at Large International Writing Retreat in Thessaloniki, Greece.  

April 18: New York University Global Perspectives on Narrative.  Panelist with authors Robin Hemley and Ravi Shankar.

April 13: New York University Environmental Humanities class.  Speaker

April 9: Annapolis Book Festival at Key School (Library), Annapolis, Maryland: A Different Narrative: The Art and Craft of Asian Stories.  Featured author with Robin Hemley, moderated by Matthew Davis.

Mar 23 to 26: Annual AWP Conference. Panelist on "The Empire Writes Back from the Program Era: CW in Asia and Beyond" led by Darryl Whetter, with Dai Fan, Sam Meekings, Marshall Moore.

Mar 24: College of the Holy Cross Working Writer Series presents novelist Katie Kitamura. Presenter.

Mar 12: Singapore Unbound, New York. Reading and book discussion for The Art and Craft of Asian Stories with co-author Robin Hemley. 


2021 (from November) 

Dec 5: NonfictioNow 2021 Aotearoa, New Zealand. Co-leader of a roundtable HUI on Transnational Writing with Sybil Baker.  

Nov 11: Featured author at JakTent Literary Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia with Filipino authors Charlson Ong in discussion about "Lese Majeste." Moderated by Nancy Amelia Collins. 

Nov 7: Hong Kong International Literary Festival event "Ghosts, Beasts and Family Histories" featuring debut novelists K-Ming Chang and Pik-Shuen Fung. Moderator for reading and conversation.




Media Interviews, Features, Book Reviews



China Daily HK Edition, Melanie Hoare: “It's a Woman's World” Sep 6, 2019

Peril Asian Australian Arts & Culture, Al Chan: “Chinese Writers Festival: 我是不是中國人?” Aug 16, 2016

Jakarta Post Sebastian Partogi: “Xu Xi: The Personal is the Political” Jul 29, 2016

ABC Radio Melbourne, Amanda Smith: “Global Chinese Writer Xu Xi” Aug 23, 2016 08:32 hrs  

Asian Books Blog Q&A, June 2016

South China Morning Post Christopher de Wolf: “Lok Fu, corner of Kowloon that encapsulates Hong Kong's history,” May 15, 2016

BBC World Service Jamie Coomarasamy: "Leaders & People" Xu at Oxford Literary Festival with Garry Kasparov, Asfa-Wossen Asserate & Ngaire Woods, Apr 3, 2016

Snapshot Writing Like an Asian 5Q's blogspot, George Washington University, May 2015

Swiss Re: documentary on the future of the planet “Thinking into the Future,” January 2013 


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book reviews


This Fish is Fowl (essays)

The Rumpus, Tiffany Hawk: "At Home and Not At Home Everywhere" Nov 18, 2019 https://therumpus.net/2019/11/08/the-rumpus-interview-with-xu-xi/

Scoundrel Times Robert Antony Siegel, April 2, 2018


Dear Hong Kong (memoir)

Zolima City MagazineJessie Lau, Aug 7, 2017


The News Lens Dinah Gardner, Aug 2, 2017


That Man in Our Lives (novel)

Radi China Kaitline Solimine: “Between Cultures Author Xu Xi's Writing Worlds” Oct 9, 2017

Haydens Ferry Review Dustin Pearson, Sep 19, 2016  

Asian American Literary Review Jennifer Lee, Sep 13, 2016

LA Review of Books, Ysabelle Cheung:Bugs Bunny, the Novel, and Transnationalism” Sep 4, 2016

Asian Review of BooksRosie Milne, 2016

Asia Literary Review 2016

Publisher's Weekly 2016



Earlier media coverage

select list


China Daily Chitralekha Basu: “No Pause at Menopause” Dec 9, 2011

Susan Blumberg-Kason “Pick of the Week” Nov 14, 2011

Reading Lives Blogspot Access: Thirteen Tales, Nov 2011 

Women's Tales: Xu Xi” Q&A on vvb32reads, Jan 14, 2011 

BluePrintReview, Jan 11, 2011 on Habit of a Foreign Sky 

Asian Cha Michael Tsang: ”In Transit Xu Xi's Habit of a Foreign SkyIssue 13, Feb 2011

Interview in Hyphen Magazine Abigail Licad, Dec 15, 2010 

Eddie Tay: “Selves in the City Xu Xi” Evanescent Isles” in Asian Cha, Issue 6, Feb 2009

Tales of Change” Nicole Wong, China Daily Hong Kong, Apr 29, 2008



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