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You're Invited to Tea!

I'm excited to announce that the Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library will be hosting an afternoon tea author luncheon for the launch of The Monstrous Misses Mai.

It will be hosted on Tuesday, 4/2/24 at 2pm at the Huntington Beach Public Library! Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the 1950s/60s theme to match the setting of the book. Pockets are desired but not required :)  This is a paid event, but there will be food, followed by a book signing and Q&A with me.

You can find out more on their website, and register on Eventbrite!

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Announcing the Little Saigon Book Street!

I'm also going to be at the first annual Little Saigon Book Street, hosted by Matilija Lending Library on Saturday, March 23rd.


I'll be on a panel with other Southeast Asian authors and publishing professionals, so come hear us chat about our experiences. I'm on the schedule at 2:30pm but will stick around for a book signing and other fun things!

There will be also be banh mi, and Vietnamese iced coffee?! It's completely free, so register on Eventbrite, and follow @littlesaigonbookst on IG to keep updated!

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Girl Giant and the Jade War Launch Event!


Join author Katie Zhao (Dragon Warrior, Fallen Hero) and me at a virtual launch event hosted by Vroman's bookstore! I'm so excited to chat about our books!

Register for free with Crowdcast

Asian Author Alliance

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Panel: Magic, Myth, and Middle Grade Books

Join authors Julie Abe (Eva Evergreen series), Katie Zhao (The Dragon Warrior & Winnie Zeng series), and Van Hoang (Girl Giant series) talk about how the myths and stories they heard as children influence their work now. 

Watch a recording of the live panel here

IG Live: Fountain Pens, Notebooks, and Other Analog Writing Tools

Authors Aliette de Bodard and Van Hoang geek over their favorite fountain pens, notebooks, and other analog writing tools on IG Live.

View a recording of the live here

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Joy and Hope in Middle Grade Literature

Panel: Joy and Hope in Middle Grade Contemporary

In the face of recent events, it's more important than ever to celebrate #asianjoy. Join authors Lyla Lee (the MINDY KIM series); Jessica Kim (STAND UP, YUMI CHUNG!); Mae Respicio (ANY DAY WITH YOU); and Debbi Michiko Florence (JASMINE TOGUCHI, KEEP IT TOGETHER, KEIKO CARTER), and Van Hoang (GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING) as they talk about their middle grade contemporary books about Asian American kids having fun and following their dreams.

Watch a recording of the live panel here

Panel: Debut Authors

Debut authors Kylie Lee Baker (Keeper of Night), A.Y. Chao (Soul Affinity), June CL Tan (Jade Fire Gold), Diana Ma (Heiress Apparently), and Eric Nguyen (Things We Lost to the Water) talk about their upcoming books! Moderated by Van Hoang (GIRL GIANT AND THE MONKEY KING)

View a recording of the panel here

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tucson festival of books

Panel: Anything is Possible - Fantasy Journeys of Adventure and Conflict with David Bowles and Daniel José Older

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

10am PST

Authors of three new middle-grade novels discuss their creation of fantasy journeys involving adventure and conflict with a Halfling King from Maya mythology, the Monkey King from Vietnamese legends, and a future flooded world facing destruction. 

Hosted virtually on Crowdcast with the Tucson Festival of Books.

Watch a preview of the festival here.

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HBPL Wise Owl

Tween Book Club

for 8-12 year olds


Book Discussion with the Author

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

4pm PST on Zoom

Let's talk about dragons, boba, and Girl Giant and the Monkey King!

Register on HBPL's Events Calendar

Fun Crafts with the Author

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

4pm PST on Zoom

Join us for an afternoon of fun crafts with the author! We'll be making these delightful dragon puppets by Red Ted Art.

Registration opens on February 1st on Huntington Beach Public Library.

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