Bookmarks Presents Bestselling Author Jean Kwok
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. (May 7, 2019) – Bookmarks is thrilled to present #1 New York Times and international bestselling author Jean Kwok June 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bookmarks bookstore at 634 W. Fourth St. #110 in Winston-Salem. Her award-winning novels center on Chinese-American identities and experiences and have captivated readers around the world. Kwok’s newest novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee, will be released three days earlier. This program is free and open to the public.
Known for the bestselling titles Mambo in Chinatown and Girl in Translation, Kwok’s work has been published in 18 countries and taught in universities, colleges, and high schools around the world. She has received countless honors and awards, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, and Marie Claire’s Best Women’s Fiction of 2019.
Kwok immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was five years old and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood. In between her undergraduate degree at Harvard and MFA in fiction at Columbia, she worked for several years as a professional ballroom dancer. Her brother Kwan passed away in a tragic plane accident and was the inspiration behind her latest work of fiction, Searching for Sylvie Lee.
This event is part of Bookmarks’ new Book Club Connection program, which encourages book club members to attend author events together. Through Book Club Connection, book clubs that are registered with Bookmarks and have more than three members in attendance at a designated event will be entered to win an exclusive author experience. Bookmarks is honored to offer this opportunity and to be a stop on Jean Kwok’s book tour for her new novel, Searching for Sylvie Lee.
Bookmarks is a literary nonprofit organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. The programming connects readers with authors and books and is achieved through the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas (which will be held September 5–8); an Authors in Schools program, which reaches 9,000 students annually; and year-round events in their gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore located at 634 W. Fourth Street #110. Visit bookmarksnc.org for more information.