A Conversation with the Author: Jean Kwok, a Lake Forest Reads Ragdale Event
Part of Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale, in partnership with Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Library, the Ragdale Foundation, Friends of Lake Forest Library, and Lake Forest Book Store.
Part of the city-wide reading program “Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale,” please join as author Jean Kwok talks about the Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale 2020 book selection Searching for Sylvie Lee in conversation with Dean of the Faculty, Davis Schneiderman.
Jean Kwok is the award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling author of Searching for Sylvie Lee, Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in 18 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She has been selected for many honors including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She has spoken at many schools and venues including Harvard University, Columbia University and the Tucson Festival of Books. A television documentary was filmed about Jean and her work.
Jean immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood while living in an unheated, roach-infested apartment. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for three years as a professional ballroom dancer. Her beloved brother Kwan passed away in a tragic plane accident and was the inspiration behind Searching for Sylvie Lee. Jean is trilingual, fluent in Dutch, Chinese and English, and studied Latin for seven years. She lives in the Netherlands with her husband, two sons and four cats.
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