Warmly Praised YA Novelist Leila Howland Launches Hello Sunshine

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Middle Reader and YA novelist Leila Howland returns to Chevalier’s to launch her picaresque new YA novel Hello Sunshine, about a prep school girl from the East Coast who tries her luck in the land of sunshine, landing in L.A. with only a few suitcases and a Hollywood dream. A contemporary riff on a classic tale,  this is a perfect summer read for tweens and teens who adore adventures in La-La Land  and want to travel its highways and byways with a heroine they can root for. Reading, talk, q&a and signing.

Hello Sunshine Book CoverBecca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying. Unfortunately, after a few grueling months, L.A. is looking like the worst idea ever. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill? A  funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.

Leila Howland headshot

photo by Ari Baron

Named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start Author in 2013, Leila Howland lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Forget-Me-Not Summer was her highly praised middle grade debut, followed by its sequel The Brightest Stars of Summer. She has also written two critically acclaimed YA novels: Nantucket Blue and Nantucket Red.

New York Times Bestselling Authors Eleanor Brown, Maggie Shipstead and Jennifer L. Scott in Conversation and Reading an Effervescent New Collection of Personal Essays, A Paris All Your Own

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 p.m.

A room of your own was once a fine thing but NOW it might be time for MORE, namely, A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light. Start your summer with a page-turning trip through this wonderfully varied new collection of personal essays by fantastic writers, edited by Eleanor Brown, author of two New York Times bestsellers, including The Light of Paris. Brown, also a contributor, will read and discuss with her fellow contributors, New York Times bestselling authors Jennifer L. Scott, Lessons from Madame Chic, and Maggie Shipstead, Astonish Me. Celebrate Bastille Day weekend with this reading, talk, q&a and signing.

A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN Jacket“My time in Paris,” says New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain (The Paris Wife), “was like no one else’s ever.” For each of the eighteen bestselling authors in this warm, inspiring, and charming collection of personal essays on the City of Light, nothing could be more true.

While all of the women writers featured in  A Paris All Your Own have written books connected to Paris, their personal stories of the city are wildly different. Meg Waite Clayton (The Race for Paris) and M.J. Rose (The Book of Lost Fragrances) share the romantic secrets that have made Paris the destination for lovers for hundreds of years. Susan Vreeland (The Girl in Hyacinth Blue) and J. Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements) peek behind the stereotype of snobbish Parisians to show us real people. From book club favorite Therese Fowler (Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald) to mystery writer Cara Black, author of 17 Aimée Le Duc crime novels set in Paris (most recently Murder in Saint-Germain), historical author Lauren Willig (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation) and memoirist Julie Powell (Julie and Julia), these Parisian memoirs range from laugh-out-loud funny to wistfully romantic to thoughtfully somber and reflective. Perfect for armchair travelers and veterans of Parisian pilgrimages alike.

“An engaging, delightful glimpse into female writers’ experiences in Paris.”—Library Journal

“[A] lively assemblage…The essays offer tantalizing portraits of both the city’s beauty and grit.…What makes this collection a treat are the varying viewpoints about this singular city…A quick and fun read that should delight seasoned travelers as well as those planning their first adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

Eleanor Brown Author Photo (© Joe Henson, NYC)

photo by Joe Henson, NYC


Eleanor Brown  is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris. She teaches writing workshops at The Writers’ Table in Highlands Ranch, CO, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO, as well as writing conferences and centers nationwide.  Her writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals.


Jennifer L. Scott (c) Kevin McIntyre

photo by Kevin McIntyre


Jennifer L. Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of Lessons from Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic. and creator of the blog The Daily Connoisseur. She is a contributing writer for Huffington Post Style and has been featured on CNN, BBC, and CBS News, and in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Daily Mail. 



Maggie Shipstead (c) Michelle Legro

photo by Michelle Legro

Maggie Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her first novel, Seating Arrangements, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction.

Author Illustrator Extraordinaire Tamara Shopsin Launches the L.A. Debut of her Newest Memoir Arbitrary Stupid Goal

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m.

We at Chevalier’s are highly stoked to be hosting the one-of-a-kind memoirist, cultural historian, and illustrator, Tamara Shopsin, who cooks and lives life as inimitably as she writes, all out of the beloved Greenwich Village eatery Shopsin’s, founded by her father. The author of four acclaimed books and a NY Times and New Yorker illustrator, Tamara will regale us with stories from her marvelous new memoir of 1970’s New York, Arbitrary Stupid Goal. Run, do not walk, to catch this at once dazzling and down-to-earth author, live, in captivity, at our humble venue, for a talk, reading, q&a, and signing.

ArbitraryStupidGoalIn Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin takes the reader on a pointillist time-travel trip to the Greenwich Village of her bohemian 1970s childhood, a funky, tight-knit small town in the big city, long before Sex and the City tours and luxury condos. The center of Tamara’s universe is Shopsin’s, her family’s legendary greasy spoon, aka “The Store,” run by her inimitable dad, Kenny—a loquacious, contrary, huge-hearted man who, aside from dishing up New York’s best egg salad on rye, is Village sheriff, philosopher, and fixer all at once. Filled with clever illustrations and witty, nostalgic photographs and graphics, and told in a sly, elliptical narrative that is both hilarious and endearing, Arbitrary Stupid Goal is an offbeat memory-book mosaic about the secrets of living an unconventional life, which is becoming a forgotten art.

“A warm evocation of a quirky life and exuberant times.”―Kirkus Reviews

“ A completely riveting world―when I looked up from its pages regular life seemed boring and safe and modern like one big iPhone. This book captures not just a lost New York but a whole lost way of life.”Miranda July

“Tamara Shopsin’s new memoir is hilarious. Just like the West Village itself, you zigzag along on a fun adventure never knowing who you are going to meet.”―Amy Sedaris

enjoy a whimsical book trailer here



Tamara Shopsin is a well-known cook at the distinctly New York City eatery Shopsin’s, a New York Times and New Yorker illustrator, and the author of 5 Year Diary and What Is This?, as well as the coauthor of This Equals That and Mumbai New York Scranton. She lives in New York City with her husband.



Top-Tier Crime Novelists Christopher Farnsworth,Flashmob, and Glen Erik Hamilton,Every Day Above Ground, in Conversation about their New Novels, Q&A, Talk and Signing

Thursday, July 27th at  7:00 p.m.

Christopher Farnsworth brings out his latest multi-layered and dexterous crime novel, Flashmob, and is joined by his friend and peer, the multiple-award-winning Glen Erik Hamilton, launching the L.A. debut of his newly published Every Day Above Ground. Both thrillers feature return protagonists whose global adventures hunting down clever killers take them through the torques of contemporary pop-culture and land them in the cross-hairs of ethical dilemmas. Join these local virtuosos for their scintillating angle on writing, pop-culture, and social media. Talk, q&a, reading, followed by signing. 

Flashmob_cIn Flashmob, gifted troubleshooter John Smith (introduced in 2016’s Killfile), must use his unique skill and unwanted talent for reading minds to take down a shadowy figure who has weaponized the internet, using social media to put a price on the head of his targets.. Arriving at the wedding of Kira Sadeghi, a reality television celebrity he recently saved from kidnappers, Smith witnesses a group of gunmen open fire. In the aftermath, Smith hacks into the brain of an FBI agent and discovers the Bureau has been investigating a new threat called Downvote, an encrypted site on the dark net that lists the names of celebrities and offers a hefty reward for anyone who can kill them—unleashing an anonymous and deadly flashmob with the press of a button. Smith goes on the electronic trail of the people behind Downvoter and  his quest takes him from Hong Kong to Bucharest to Reykjavik to deep in the Laotian jungle.

“[In]Farnsworth’s brilliant second thriller…the combination of a telepathic lead and a terrifyingly plausible effort to use the Internet for social manipulation produces intelligent and knuckle-biting suspense…”Publishers Weekly, *starred* review

 EveryDayAbove_HCEvery Day Above Ground. It sounds like a thief’s dream: A terminally-ill ex-con tells Van Shaw of a fortune in gold, abandoned after the original owner died. To rebuild his house and to help the dying man leave a legacy for his daughter, Van agrees to the job. But the safe holding the fortune is a trap. Soon, the lives of both Van and the ex-con’s daughter are threatened. To discover who has them in the cross-hairs, Van must figure out who the hunters are really after. That quest takes him to…A popular bare-knuckle fighting ring, which may be recruiting for something darker. A brash and beautiful journalism student, whose investigations could put Van on the hot seat. And a massive pop-culture convention in the heart of the city, where Van and his allies  spring a few tricks on their foes…

“Utterly addictive..A taut, riveting thriller with every nuance striking a perfect chord… ” — Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author



Christopher Farnsworth is a screenwriter, former journalist, and the author of the President’s Vampire trilogy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters.



Glen Erik Hamilton author photo

A native of Seattle, Glen Erik Hamilton was raised aboard a sailboat and grew up around the marinas and commercial docks and islands of the Pacific Northwest. His debut novel Past Crimes won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Critics Awards, and was also nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Nero Awards. He now lives in California with his family, and frequently returns to his hometown to soak up the rain.

Up and Coming YA Novelist Teddy Steinkellner Launches Two Roads From Here

Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Standout new YA novelist Teddy Steinkellner, author of two praised middle reader books, launches his debut YA novel Two Roads From Here. Have you ever asked yourself that prickly question ‘What if I’d made the other choice?’ This provocative and humorous novel gives his true-to-life young characters the chance to literally live out the answer to that question, as two different ‘roads’ are experienced to their conclusion. Come meet our new neighbor as he launches this smart new book for young adults. Launch, reading, q&a, and signing.

two-roads-from-here-9781481430616_hrFor fans of Tommy Wallach and Patrick Ness comes a thoughtful, funny novel that explores what happens to five teens when they choose the road…and the road not taken. 

Should Brian play in Friday’s football game, even though his head really hurts?
Should Allegra commit to college now that her mother’s illness has returned?
Should Cole cheat on the SATs for a chance to get into his dream school?
Should Nikki go all the way with her boyfriend?
Should Wiley tell his best friend that he loves her and risk losing her completely?

These five seniors are about to have an opportunity people only dream about: to experience two potential outcomes of a life-altering decision. When it’s all over, will they still recognize their futures?

“‘Destiny or decision?’ The answer may be unknowable, but Steinkellner gives readers something to think about.” –Kirkus

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photo by J. Weischedel, R. Caliendo


Teddy Steinkellner is the author of Trash Can Days and Trash Can Nights. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in English and American Studies. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancee, Courtney, and their cat, Channing. Learn more at teddysteinkellner.com.

NY Times Bestselling Author Cara Black Treats Us to Smashing New Book in her Aimée Leduc Series: Murder in Saint-Germain, in Conversation with LA’s Master of Mystery, Tim Hallinan! Talk, Reading and Signing.

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Cara Black, the fabulous author of the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series will treat us to a taste of Private Investigator Leduc’s newest case, Murder in Saint-Germain. The celebrated author, whose immersive contribution to Parisian culture has garnered her the Médaille de la Ville de Paris, among many other honors, will be joined by Los Angeles’ very own master of comic suspense, Tim Hallinan (Junior Bender and Poke Rafferty Series). Absolument guaranteed to be nothing short of merveilleux et fantastique! Talk, reading and signing.

MurderinSTGermainParis, July 1999: Private investigator Aimée Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord she thought she’d killed. She’s suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate—is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta?

Aimée is already working on a huge case, plus she’s got an eight-month old baby to take care of. But she can’t say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladić is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind—until Suzanne’s team begins to turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?

“Quintessential summer reading.”—THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Smashing and suspenseful.”—THE BBC’S BETWEEN THE LINES

“Black’s detective is hitting her post-pregnancy stride, bringing up bébé while battling the bad guys with the best of them.”–KIRKUS REVIEWS

CaraBlackCara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 17 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

tim by Morgan (1)Timothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of nineteen widely praised books, including For the Dead, The Hot Countries,Crashed, Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, King Maybe, Herbie’s Game, which won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, and Fields Where They Lay, named a “Best Book of 2016” (Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly) and “Best Christmas Mystery, 2016” by London’s Sunday Times. He divides his time between California and Thailand.

Internationally Bestselling Author Martin Walker (Bruno Series) Reads & Signs The Templars’ Last Secret

Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Not every mystery you crack open whilst lounging on a beach towel this summer will come with fascinating art-historical details of the Lascaux and Les Eyzies caves. But Martin Walker’s The Templars’ Last Secret, the newest in his internationally bestselling Bruno Series, gives you just that  – plus wine, women and global politics – all packed into a taut crime novel. Meet the erudite author, a veteran international affairs columnist as well as the creator of St. Denis’s beloved police chief Bruno for what will no doubt be a beguiling talk, reading, q&a and signing.

Templars Las SecretWhen a woman’s body is found at the foot of a cliff near St. Denis, Bruno suspects a connection to the great ruin that stands on the cliff above: the Château de Commarque, a long-ago Knights Templar stronghold which, along with the labyrinth of prehistoric caves beneath it, continues to draw the interest of scholars. Bruno learns that the dead woman was an archaeologist searching for a religious artifact of incredible importance, the discovery of which could have dramatic repercussions throughout the Middle East–not to mention in St. Denis. And the woman’s ties to Islamic terrorists can only heighten the pressure on Bruno to unravel the centuries-old mystery. Meanwhile, an old flame of Bruno’s is assigned to work with him on the case, and the two find time, naturellement, to enjoy the supreme pleasures of the wine, food, and beauty of the Dordogne.


photo:               Klaus Einwanger

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, a private think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is also editor in chief emeritus and international affairs columnist at United Press International. His previous novels in the Bruno series are Black Diamond; Bruno, Chief of Police; The Children Return; The Crowded Grave; The Dark Vineyard; The Devil’s Cave; Fatal Pursuit; The Patriarch; and The Resistance Man, all international best sellers. He lives in Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

David Clawson Debuts Comic Coming-of-Age YA Novel My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen

Sunday, June 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Two closeted gay teens and their almost star-crossed romance are just the central two of the vividly drawn characters in My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen, a deliciously funny and insightful new take on– you guessed it– Cinderella! David Clawson’s debut YA novel is set in theheart of  a social-climbing stepfamily on Manhattan’s Upper East Side… missing shoes and a drag queen who dresses as Diana Ross figure prominently. Praised for this YA and LGBTQ standout debut, David Clawson will blast us through to the other side of the classic fairy-tale in a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag QueenChris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other. The novel skillfully balances issues like sexuality, family and financial troubles, and self-discovery with more lighthearted moments like how one rogue shoe can launch a secret, whirlwind romance and a chance meeting with a drag queen can spark magic and light in a once dark reality.

“A fresh, funny, new twist on a classic fairy tale.. a fast-paced, riotous, laugh-out-loud yet insightful story of secret love between two closeted gay teens.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“. . .a spot-on modern version for contemporary teens, with an artful balance of serious insights about being true to oneself and riffs on pop culture..”
—School Library Journal

J7gwn7tG (1)David Clawson attended the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program, where he received the Jack Oakie Comedy Writing Award, a 20th Century Fox Fellowship, and had his sitcom pilot, Balancing Acts, produced. David teaches screenwriting at the LMU School of Film and Television.

You Are What You Buy? Author and Scholar Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class, in Conversation with MacArthur Fellow and Cultural Scholar Josh Kun

Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Author and Prof. of Urban and Regional Planning at USC, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett takes a fascinating in-depth excursion into a new angle on the economics of class with her third book  The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class. She pulls together convincing data demonstrating that today’s elites are spending less on flashy material goods and investing more in “subtle expenditures,” to communicate their status. Here to discuss with her this blue state of affairs and how it reverberates across our polarized society, is the brilliant Josh Kun, MacArthur Fellow, journalist, essayist and curator. Come partake of this consuming subject in this reading, talk and signing.

SumofSmallThingsIn today’s world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, they care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption—like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and TOMS shoes, and listening to the Serial podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children’s growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates. In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this segment of society “the aspirational class” and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, the aspirational class reproduces wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide. 

Currid-Halkett considers how much has changed since the 1899 publication of Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class. In that inflammatory classic, which coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption,” Veblen described upper-class frivolities: men who used walking sticks for show, and women who bought silver flatware despite the effectiveness of cheaper aluminum utensils. Now, Currid-Halkett argues, the power of material goods as symbols of social position has diminished due to their accessibility. As a result, the aspirational class has altered its consumer habits away from overt materialism. With a rich narrative and extensive interviews and research, The Sum of Small Things illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and what this forecasts, not just for the aspirational class but for everyone.

Read  Elizabeth Currid-Hackett’s NY TImes article about the data she uncovered on  new buying habits.

“…Crackles with original insights about consumer goods and the individuals who choose them..Fast-paced, well-told, and unfailingly interesting, this book is an intellectual treat across the board.”–Harvey Molotch, author of Against Security

currid-halkett_8173-webElizabeth Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Warhol Economy and Starstruck . Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.


JoshKunJosh Kun is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and an Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  His research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, Los Angeles, and Jewish-American musical history.  He also works as a journalist, essayist, and curator. He is author and an editor of several books, including Audiotopia: Music, Race and America, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City , and Black and Brown: Los Angeles Beyond Conflict and Coalition.

Internationally Bestselling Novelist Kevin Kwan Tops Off His Crazy Rich Trilogy with his new novel Rich People Problems, Reading, Conversation with Author Sandi Tan, The Black Isle, and Signing, Co-hosted by Los Angeles Review of Books

Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00p.m.

Kevin Kwan, hailed as contemporary Asia’s answer to Jane Austen, is back with a third and final blazingly funny installment in his Crazy Rich Trilogy, Rich People Problems, which chronicles the extreme sport of vying for love and fortune among Singapore’s ultra-wealthy. We’re so excited to host this deliriously irreverent author, lauded not only for his laser-like satiric wit but for the empathetic warmth at the heart of his tales. Singapore-born debut novelist Sandi Tan, author of The Black Isle, will join him in a conversation which is sure to be a riot, a delight —  and a sizzling way to start your summer vacation without even leaving town. Co-presented by LARB, conversation, reading,  q&a and signing.

RichPeopleProbsRich People Problems is an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi.

“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich… A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.”—People

“A dizzily shopaholic comedy… Wickedly delectable… Offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies… Hilarious.”
Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Kevin Kwan credit Giancarlo Ciampini

photo by Giancarlo Ciampini

Born in Singapore, Kevin Kwan  moved to Manhattan in order to pursue a BFA in Photography at Parson’s School of Design. In New York, Kwan gained experience in the world of art and style, working for for Tibor Kalman’s legendary design firm M&Co. In 2000, Kwan established his own creative studio. As he became sought after as a visual consultant by acclaimed authors like Michael Korda, Gore Vidal, and Larry McMurtry, Kevin was inspired to return to his first love—writing. His critically-acclaimed debut novel Crazy Rich Asians became an international bestseller in 2013 and is now being made into a major motion picture by director Jon M. Chu and Warner Brothers Studios. Its sequel China Rich Girlfriend also became a smash hit around the world, and the final book in the trilogy, Rich People Problems, was released in May 2017. He has called New York’s West Village home since 1995.

SandiTanSandi Tan is a Singapore-born, LA-based novelist and filmmaker. Her debut novel The Black Isle reimagined Singapore’s 20th century as an epic ghost story. She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Fellow and is currently in post-production on Shirkers, her hybrid documentary feature that is partly set in 1990s Singapore and has been described as “a punk rock fairy tale.”