Events and Appearances

I'm currently taking a break from events to do some writing, but check back later for fall events!

Past Events

CAMBRIDGE, MA - FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016

IN CONVERSATION WITH EILEEN POLLACK
HARVARD BOOK STORE
7:00 PM

1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

A discussion of Pollack's latest book, A Perfect Life—A luminous and insightful novel that considers the moral complexities of scientific discovery and the sustaining nature of love. Free and open to the public.


BOSTON, MA - FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

WRITERS OF COLOR ROUNTABLE (SESSION 3E) 
THE MUSE & THE MARKETPLACE
2:00-4:00 PM

Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA

Join fellow Muse attendees, authors, agents, and editors to discuss questions unique to writers of color, from both the "muse" and "marketplace" perspectives. We'll discuss craft issues that writers of color may encounter differently than white writers--such as indicating characters' racial identities, explaining cultural references, italicizing non-English words, and addressing readerly assumptions that are based on one's identity.

We'll also discuss what a lack of diversity in publishing industry means for writers of color. Agents and editors will share their perspectives on how such a writer might best find a home for her work, and the unique challenges she may face in her book's marketing and promotion.
Come for a lively, interesting, and important conversation. We'll begin with prepared questions and will then open to Q&A. Designed for attendees of color, but all are welcome. 

Note: conference registration required


COLUMBIA, SC - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016

THE OPEN BOOK
6:00 PM


University of South Carolina
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
Thomas Cooper Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-3142
 
Lecture, Q&A, and book signing (books available for purchase). Free and open to the public. NOTE: On Monday, April 11, host Elise Blackwell gives a talk about the novel.


MEDFORD, MA - THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016

TUFTS UNIVERSITY
7PM

Tufts University
Barnum 008
63 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Talk, Q&A, and book signing. Sponsored by the Tufts Asian American Center.


TWIN CITIES, MN - MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

CLUB BOOK
7:00PM

Washington County Library/R. H. Stafford Library
8595 Central Park Place
Woodbury, MN 55125

Book talk, Q&A, and book signing (books available for purchase). Free and open to the public. 


WASHINGTON, DC - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016

PEN/FAULKNER READING SERIES
7:30 PM

Folger Shakespeare Library – Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

With John Wray. Note: Ticket required


RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016

RANCHO MIRAGE WRITERS FESTIVAL
10:30 AM: LECTURE
2:00 PM: PANEL ("IDENTITY AND PLACE") WITH DINAW MENGESTU

Rancho Mirage Public Library
71-100 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 341-7323

Note: festival registration required.


ARLINGTON, MA - THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016

ARLINGTON AUTHOR SALON
7:30 PM

Kickstand Café
594 Mass Ave
Arlington Center, MA

With Marjan Kamali and Henriette Lazaridis. Reading (with sensory tie-in!) and book signing. Books available for sale. Free and open to the public.  


STUART, FL - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015

TREASURE COAST LITERARY SOCIETY LUNCHEON
12:00 PM

Northern Trust
2201 Southeast Kingswood Terrace
Stuart, FL 34996

Luncheon, lecture and Q&A, and book signing. Note: Open to literary society members only.


VERO BEACH, FL - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015

INDIAN RIVER LITERARY SOCIETY LUNCHEON
12:00 PM

Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club
One Beachside Drive
Vero Beach, FL 32963

Luncheon, lecture and Q&A, and book signing. Note: Open to literary society members only.


FINDLAY, OH - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015

OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS READ
12:30 PM

Owens CC - Findlay Campus
Community Education and Wellness Center
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 43551
(567) 429-3500

Lecture, Q&A, and book signing (books available for purchase). Free and open to the public.


TOLEDO, OH - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015

OWENS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS READ
12:30 PM

Owens CC - Toledo Campus
Center for Fine and Performing Arts
30335 Oregon Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
(567) 661-7081

Lecture, Q&A, and book signing (books available for purchase). Free and open to the public.


CAMBRIDGE, MA - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2015

PANEL: "THE AMERICAN SHORT STORY"
6:30-8:30 PM

Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

In conversation with Heidi PitlorLenore Myka, and Robin McLean (books available for purchase). Free and open to the public. 


BROOKLINE, MA - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015

BROOKLINE READS: "AN EVENING WITH CELESTE NG"
7:00 PM

Pierce Auditorium
Pierce School
50 School St.
Brookline, MA 02445

Lecture, Q&A, and book signing for the Brookline Reads 2015 program, sponsored by the Brookline Public Library. Free and open to the public.


SANTA CLARITA, CA - MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015

COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS BOOK OF THE YEAR
2:00 PM

College of the Canyons
Performing Arts Center
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Lecture, Q&A, and book signing (books available for purchase). Free and open to the public. 


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17-18, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS LITERARY ESCAPE
SCHEDULE HERE

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Note: Pre-registration required


IOWA CITY, IA - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

PRAIRIE LIGHTS
7PM

15 South Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240

Reading, Q&A, and book signing. Free and open to the public.


MILWAUKEE, WI - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

BOSWELL BOOK COMPANY
7PM

2559 N Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 5321

Reading, Q&A, and book signing. Free and open to the public.


MILWAUKEE, WI - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

MOUNT MARY UNIVERSITY
2:00-3:30 PM 

Steimke Hall
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222

Reading, live interview, Q&A, and book signing (books for sale on site). Free and open to the public.


FAIRFAX, VA - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

FAIRFAX COUNTY LIBRARY BOOK CLUB CONFERENCE
9:30-10:20 TALK
10:20 – 10:45 AM: BOOK SIGNING SESSION #1
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: BOOK SIGNING SESSION #2

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035


DECATUR, GA - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL
PANEL: "TO BE OTHER" 
12:00 PM-12:45 PM

Decatur Book Festival
Decatur Library Stage

In conversation with Ashley C. FordSaeed Jones, and Daniel Jose Older


HARWICH, MA - THURSDAY AUGUST 6, 2015

AUTHOR LITERARY LUNCHEON SERIES 
HOSTED BY WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS BOOKSTORE
12-3PM

Wequassett Resort
2173 Route 28
Harwich, MA 02645

With Kate Walbert and Alice Hoffman. Luncheon, author talk, and book signing.
Please note: Registration required.


ASHLAND, OH - MONDAY JULY 27, 2015

CRAFT SEMINAR - ASHLAND UNIVERSITY MFA PROGRAM
1PM-2:30PM

Dwight Schar College of Education Building
Room 138
340 Samaritan Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

With EJ Levy. Free and open to the public.


ASHLAND, OH - SUNDAY JULY 26

SUMMER READING SERIES - ASHLAND UNIVERSITY MFA PROGRAM
7PM

Dwight Schar College of Education Building
Room 138
340 Samaritan Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

With EJ Levy. Book signing to follow. Free and open to the public.


CAMBRIDGE, MA - WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 2015

HARVARD BOOKSTORE
7:00PM

1256 Masschusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

I'll be conducting a Q&A with Mia Alvar, author of In the Country.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2015 

APALA AWARD CEREMONY
6:00-9:00 PM

Canton Seafood Restaurant
655 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107  

Note: Registration required.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2015

ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 
BOOK SIGNING 
4-5PM

Penguin Random House Booth (#3017)
Moscone Convention Center
South Building 
747 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Registration for ALA conference required.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2015

ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AAP/LIBRARYREADS’ BOOK-A-LICIOUS BREAKFAST
8:30-10:00 AM

Marriott Marquis San Francisco 
Golden Gate B
780 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Registration for ALA conference required. Please see event link, above.


NEWTON, MA -  THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015

NEWTONVILLE BOOKS 
7:00 PM

10 Langley Rd 
Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Reading and book signing. With Mary-Beth Hughes, author of The Loved Ones.


SOUTH HADLEY, MA - WEDNESDAY JUNE 10, 2015

ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP 
7:00 PM

9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Reading and book signing.


CAMBRIDGE, MA - TUESDAY JUNE 9, 2015

HARVARD BOOKSTORE
7:00 PM

1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

In conversation with Mira Jacob, author of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.


CINCINNATI, OH - THURSDAY JUNE 4, 2015

JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS
7:00 PM

2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Reading and book signing.


HUDSON, OH - WEDNESDAY JUNE 3, 2015

HUDSON LIBRARY & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
7:00 PM

96 Library Street
Hudson, OH 44236

Reading and book signing.


SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH - TUESDAY JUNE 2, 2015

SHAKER HEIGHTS LIBRARY
7:00 PM

16500 Van Aken Blvd.
Shaker Heights OH 44120

Reading and book signing.  (Note: Free; registration suggested.)


PITTSBURGH, PA - MONDAY JUNE 1, 2015

PITTSBURGH ARTS AND LECTURES - AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY
7:00 PM

4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Reading, talk, and book signing.  (Please note: tickets to this series are $5.)


NEW YORK, NY - FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

BOOK EXPO AMERICA 
1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Javits Center 
655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Book signing at the Penguin Random House booth.


WASHINGTON, DC - THURSDAY MAY 28, 2015

POLITICS & PROSE
7:00 PM

5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Reading and book signing.


ATLANTA, GA - WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2015

A CAPELLA BOOKS - AT SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ARTS & DESIGN
7:00 PM

Ivy Hall
179 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308

Reading and book signing.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - TUESDAY MAY 26, 2015

BARNES & NOBLE
7:00 PM

3225 West 69th Street
Edina, MN 55435

Reading and book signing.


PLEASANTON, CA - TUESDAY MAY 19, 2015

TOWNE CENTER BOOKS
11:00 AM

555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Reading, luncheon, and book signing. (Note: Reservations required.)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MONDAY MAY 18, 2015

BOOKSHOP WEST PORTAL
7:00 PM

80 West Portal Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94127

Reading and book signing.


LOS ANGELES, CA - FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015

VROMAN'S
7:00 PM

695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Reading and book signing.


LOS ANGELES, CA - FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015

PAGES: A BOOKSTORE
11:30 AM

904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Reading and book signing.


SAN DIEGO, CA - THURSDAY MAY 14, 2015

WARWICK'S
7:30 PM

7812 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Reading and book signing.


BOSTON, MA - TUESDAY MAY 12, 2015

PORTER SQUARE BOOKS - PAPERBACK LAUNCH!
7:00 PM

25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Reading and book signing. Possibly cake.


BOSTON, MA - MAY 2, 2015

2015 MUSE & THE MARKETPLACE CONFERENCE
CRAFT TALK: "MOVING THROUGH TIME"
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA


COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 25, 2015

OHIOANA FESTIVAL
10:00 AM - 4:30PM

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 E. State Street
Columbus, OH 43215 
614.466.3831


BOSTON, MA - APRIL 7, 2015

CRAFT ON DRAFT 
7:00 PM

Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street
Boston,  MA 02115
617.267.8688

Reading and craft discussion, with Chris Castellani and Daphne Kalotay. 


WELLESLEY, MA - APRIL 2, 2015

ARNOLD LECTURE, WELLESLEY FREE LIBRARY
7:00 PM

Wellesley Main Library
530 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482 
(781) 235-1610


MUNCIE, IN - MARCH 18, 2015

IN PRINT FESTIVAL OF FIRST BOOKS 2015
AUTHOR PANEL
7:30 PM

Ball State University
Ballroom, L. A. Pittenger Student Center
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Discussion, in conversation with Tyler Gobble, Kerry Howley, and guest editor and author Jodee Stanley.


MUNCIE, IN - MARCH 17, 2015

IN PRINT FESTIVAL OF FIRST BOOKS 2015
AUTHOR READING
7:30 PM

Ball State University
Ballroom, L. A. Pittenger Student Center
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Reading, with Tyler Gobble and Kerry Howley.


JAMAICA PLAIN, MA - MARCH 14, 2015

PAPERCUTS JP
2:00 PM

5 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
(617) 522-3404

Discussion, in conversation with Joan Wickersham (The Suicide Index).


CAMBRIDGE, MA - MARCH 13, 2015

826 BOSTON'S LITERARY JEOPARDY
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Reading, with Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) / Literary Jeopardy
Free (pre-registration suggested); $10 donation suggested to benefit 826 Boston


MUNCIE, IN - MARCH 17, 2015

IN PRINT FESTIVAL OF FIRST BOOKS 2015
AUTHOR READING
7:30 PM

Ball State University
Ballroom, L. A. Pittenger Student Center
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Reading, with Tyler Gobble, Kerry Howley, and guest editor and author Jodee Stanley.

JAMAICA PLAIN, MA - MARCH 14, 2015

PAPERCUTS JP
2:00 PM

5 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
(617) 522-3404

Discussion, in conversation with Joan Wickersham (The Suicide Index).

CAMBRIDGE, MA - MARCH 13, 2015

826 BOSTON'S LITERARY JEOPARDY
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Reading, with Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) / Literary Jeopardy
Free (pre-registration suggested); $10 donation suggested to benefit 826 Boston

CAMBRIDGE, MA - FEBRUARY 5, 2015

HARVARD BOOKSTORE
7:00 PM

1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.661.1515

In conversation with Marie Mockett (Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey) 


CAMBRIDGE, MA - DECEMBER 8, 2014

HARVARD BOOKSTORE
7:00 PM

1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.661.1515

"The Best Books of the Year": in conversation with Radio Boston and the staff of Harvard Bookstore


Cohasset, MA - October 28, 2014

Buttonwood Books' Coffee with the Authors
10:00-11:30 am

Atlantica Restaurant 
44 Border Street
Cohasset, MA 02025


Boston, MA - October 25, 2014

Boston Book Festival - Fiction: Love and Loss
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Old South Mary Norton
645 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 

With Leah Hager Cohen (No Book But the World), Jaime Clarke (Vernon Downs), and moderator Jessica Keener (Women in Bed).


Cleveland, OH - October 7, 2014

Brews + Prose
7:00 pm 

Market Garden Brewery
1947 W. 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.621.4000

with Kathryn Schulz (Being Wrong)


Canton, OH - October 6, 2014

Malone University
7:00 pm

Everett Cattell Library
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, Ohio 44709
330.471.8317


Beachwood, OH - October 5, 2014

Cuyahoga County Public Library - Beachwood Branch
2:00 pm

Beachwood Library
25501 Shaker Boulevard
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
216.831.6868 


Morristown, NJ - September 27, 2014

Morristown Festival of Books
3:00-4:00 pm

St. Peter's Parish Hall
70 Maple Ave
Morristown, NJ 


Minneapolis, MN - August 5, 2014 

Magers & Quinn Booksellers
7:00 pm

3038 Hennepin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
612.822.4611


Boston, MA - July 29, 2014

Newtonville Books
7:00 pm

10 Langley Road
Newton Centre
Newton, MA 02459
617.244.6619

With David Ryan, author of Animals in Motion


Boston, MA - July 23, 2014

Brookline Booksmith
7:00 pm

279 Harvard Street 
Brookline MA 02446
617.566.6660

With Jennifer De Leon, editor of Wise Latinas


Ann Arbor, MI - July 18, 2014

Literati Bookstore
7:00 pm

124 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.585.5567


Houston, TX - July 17, 2014

Brazos Bookstore
7:00 pm

2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
713.523.0701


San Francisco, CA - July 16, 2014

Book Passage (Ferry Building)
6:00 pm

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
415.835.1020


Seattle, WA - July 15, 2014

Elliott Bay Book Company
7:00 pm 

1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
206.624.6600


Brooklyn, NY - July 9, 2014

Greenlight Bookstore
7:30pm

686 Fulton Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.246.0200

In conversation with Catherine Chung, author of Forgotten Country


Cambridge, MA - June 26, 2014

Harvard Bookstore
7:00pm

1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.661.1515


Boston, MA - June 19, 2014

Grub Street Book Club
6:00-8:00 pm

Grub Street
162 Boylston Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Discussion of Everything I Never Told You (led by a Grub Street instructor), followed by informal Q&A for the second hour.


Cambridge, MA - June 16, 2014

Four Stories 
"Now You See It: Stories of Perception, Revelation, and Fascination"
6:00 pm

Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.868.MSEX (6739)

With Margaret Zamos-Monteith, Glenn Morris and Tim Parrish



Brooklyn, NY - May 23, 2014

An Evening with the One Story Debutantes
7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718.246.0200

With Molly AntopolRachel CantorAmelia KahaneyDavid James PoissantJames Scott, and Ben Stroud


Brooklyn, NY - May 22, 2014

One Story Debutante Ball
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Roulette
509 Atlantic Avenue
New York, NY 11217
917.267.0363

With Molly AntopolRachel CantorAmelia KahaneyDavid James PoissantJames Scott, and Ben Stroud


Boston, MA - May 4, 2014

2014 Muse & The Marketplace Conference
Discussion Panel: "What Is 'Ethnic Writing'?"
9:00 am

Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA

In conversation with Jennifer De Leon, Adam Stumacher, Qais Akbar Omar, and Jessica Papin


Boston, MA - May 2, 2014

2014 Muse & The Marketplace Conference
Discussion Panel: "Baby Weight: Moms Who Write Share Tips"
3:45 pm

Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza 
Boston, MA

In conversation with Katrin SchumannJennifer De Leon, and Nadine Kenney Johnstone


Boston, MA - May 2, 2014

2014 Muse & The Marketplace Conference
Craft Talk: "Writing the Omniscient Narrator"
10:30 am

Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA


Online - March 26, 2014

"First Flights": The Penguin Debut Author Program
Webchat
4:00-5:00 pm

In conversation with Nora Rawlinson, co-founder and editor of EarlyWord; Catherine Hayden, Penguin Group (USA) Academic Marketing and Sales; and librarians and booksellers across the country


Seattle, WA - February 28, 2014

2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference
Panel Discussion: "From Thesis to Book: The Stretch Run
1:30 pm

Sheraton Seattle, Willow Room
1400 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA

In conversation with Mark NeelyElena PassarelloMarcus Wicker, and Bonnie Rough


Jamaica Plain, MA - November 21, 2013

Rooms Down the Hallway Reading
7 pm

Hallway Gallery
66 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA

with Chip Cheek and Erin Trahan


Boston, MA - October 23, 2013

Discussion Panel: "What Is 'Ethnic Writing'?" 
6 pm

Grub Street
162 Boyleston Street
Boston, MA 02116

In conversation with Adam Stumacher, Pablo Medina, Jennifer De Leon, and Regie Gibson.