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    No MSG @ the Nixon Library

    Monday, March 31st, 2008

    The Nixon Library, now run by Tim Naftali (who is a pretty snappy dresser) took the fortune cookie talk and really ran with it and had fun. They had a huge amount of promotional material. The poster they designed was adorable, with the No MSG! promise

    Authors@Google and Chefs@Google

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    I went to speak at Google as part of their awesome Authors@Google program. As we drove by, I noticed that Google has its own street sign. Not Google Blvd or Google Parkway or Google Avenue — Just “Google.”

    Tonight at the San Francisco Public Library and Launch Party

    Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

    So I have two events back to back tonight (Wednesday, March 26) — library and a 150+ person party. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. San Francisco Public Library , 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., San Francisco Launch Party @ Swig Bar , 561 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, Organized […]

    May 7, Wednesday at The Lighthouse

    Friday, March 21st, 2008

    Just got booked at The Lighthouse, an incredible institution, for May 7th, Wednesday as part of their Dorothy Strelsin Author Series, a program So the program will (likely?) run from 6 to 8 p.m with a reception 6 – 6:30, then discussion/presentation at 6:30, followed by reception, book selling and signing. It will take place […]

    Washingtonian Chat Transcript from March 20

    Friday, March 21st, 2008

    On Thursday I did an online chat with the Washingtonian, which was really fun. (good questions) Sara Levine coordinated. Washington has been a surprisingly strong market for the book. (Great events at both the Library of Congress and Politics and Prose, who exercised their marketing muscle. Standing room only with ~150 people each.)

    Details on the Seattle Underground Dinner

    Thursday, March 20th, 2008

    So I just got sent the info for the details of the very cool undergroundish Seattle dinner on March 30 hosted by Michael Hebberoy and (here is a piece on his roving restaurateuring) Here’s a summary: Books and dinner for $80, coordinated in large part by Kim Ricketts (yay) one pot + the fortune […]

    The Library of Congress Flyer

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    I know, if I had my act together, I would have posted this before the event at the Library of Congress. But notice the iconic use of fortune cookies (which are more recognized in America than anywhere else)

    Politics and Prose, Kosher Chinese Food and Standing Room Only

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    This is one half of the audience at my Politics & Prose event at Sixth and I Synagogue which is in Chinatown. (It was like the perfect convergence of my book: literary, Jews, Chinatown). The other half of the audience is at the right, past the laptop. It was about 150+ people, standing room only. […]

    New York City Asia Society, April 16, with Fucshia Dunlop!

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    I’m very excited that I’m doing an event with Fucshia Dunlop, who is the other woman on this planet who is as obsessed with General Tso’s chicken as I am. She tracked down Chef Peng to Taipei as well! Fucshia’s book Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, is often […]

    Harvard Advocate poster with Chinese Take-out Carton

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    I think the posters for my events are quite adorable and amusing. This one from The Harvard Advocate (and another one I will show from the Library of Congress) uses symbols of Chinese-ness (fortune cookies and takeout boxes) that are actually things largely indigenous to America. The takeout boxes are so American they are not […] chat transcript.

    Thursday, March 6th, 2008

    Yesterday I did an hour-long chat on Lots of questions of General Tso and Stephen Colbert.  The slideshow apparently drove a lot of traffic too.

    Airbrushing before a TV appearance

    Thursday, March 6th, 2008

    Make-up artist (holding a menacing metallic device): Have you ever been airbrushed? Me (looking at aforementioned device): Um, not to my knowledge. I thought airbrushing was something they do only after a photo is taken? Apparently not.

    Colbert eats whole apple pies

    Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

    I did an interview on The Colbert Report yesterday, which ran last night (Tuesday). It’s actually a nervewracking experience. Other interviews are more like “So tell me about your book” and you talk and talk and talk (NPR is great for this). But The Colbert Report is a delicate dance where you have to allow […]

    Introducing my appearances Google Maps Mashup, by Jen Bourey, map goddess

    Monday, March 3rd, 2008

    So my friend Jen Bourey created this lovely Google Maps Mashup listing my appearances. Which I think is incredibly cool and other authors would be intrigued by. Basically there is an .xml file on my Web site, which I edit with info like city, date, etc. And WordPress calls that file to make a list, […]

    I’ll be on The Colbert Report on March 4th

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

    We booked it a while ago, but finally confirmed it. Thank god the writers’ strike is over!

    A reading at the busiest branch of the busiest library system: Flushing Library, June 2, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

    This appearance is waaaaay in the future. But I am speaking at one my absolute favorite libraries in the United States — the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library — on June 2 at 6 p.m. The Flushing branch is the busiest branch of the busiest library system in the country. (Perhaps also the […]

    Library of Congress confirmed for March 17th

    Saturday, February 16th, 2008

    From Abby Yochelson: Monday, March 17th at 12:00 noon in the Mumford Room, 6th floor of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. The program is being sponsored by the Humanities & Social Sciences Division, the Asian Division, and the Center for the Book. I am working on my Keynote presentation right now. It’s very […]

    Nixon Library in Los Angeles area, late March

    Thursday, February 14th, 2008

    I just got booked at the Nixon Library for a day in late March. Address is 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd in Yorba Linda, Calif. More details to come. Nixon, of course, played a large role in sparking interest in Chinese food in the United States when he went back to China in 1972. As one […]

    Booked at the Library of Congress (maybe)

    Thursday, February 7th, 2008

    I might be speaking on at the Library of Congress on March 17, thanks to LOC researcher Abby Yochelson (yay). More details to come.

    Washington Synagogue, March 17, with Politics and Prose

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    The event, scheduled for March 17, 2008 (a Monday), at a local synagogue is being held in conjunction with Politics and Prose, one of the venerable independent book stores. I’m all about the synagogues.

    Updated tour sked: Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    I just got my updated book tour list for March for Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. I will add them to Appearances page in a bit. We are still trying to nail down DC. Possibly a joint synagogue-bookstore event.

    Two more readings, one in Boston (well really Cambridge) and one in Los Angeles (well, really Pasadena)

    Thursday, January 10th, 2008

    Cary Goldstein just let me know that we have two more appearances tentatively scheduled. Harvard Book Store (they were smart to get!) on March 20 and Vroman’s in Pasadena on the 27th. Still more West Coast stuff and DC stuff to nail down.

    March 12 Reading at Upper West Side Barnes & Noble on W. 82nd Street

    Friday, January 4th, 2008

    I just got booked for a reading, along with Eric Weiner (author of the awesome Geography of Bliss) for March 12, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble store #1979 Upper West Side  at 2289 Broadway @ 82nd St. (I have a running list of appearances) During high school, I worked at that very Barnes & […]

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