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.
Rich 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
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.
Sandi 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.”