Authors

Eleven authors will be attending LiterASIAN 2018. An eclectic blend of emerging and established writers, each individual brings their own style and voice to speak to the theme of Journey to the West: Writing Across the Pacific.

Evelyn Lau

Evelyn Lau is the Vancouver author of twelve books, including seven volumes of poetry. Her first book, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was a Canadian bestseller and made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh. Evelyn’s short stories, essays and novella have been translated into a dozen languages. Her… Continue reading Evelyn Lau

Alice Poon

Alice Poon is a writer based in Richmond, British Columbia who recently published her first novel, The Green Phoenix. Born and educated in Hong Kong, Alice grew up reading Jin Yong’s martial arts and chivalry novels, all set in China’s distant past, sparking a life-long interest in Chinese history. Her new historical novel The Green… Continue reading Alice Poon

Vincent Ternida

Vincent Ternida has been a finalist for Writer’s Guild Canada’s Diverse Screenwriters Program West in 2012-2013 and a second rounder for Austin Film Festival’s television spec script contest in 2013. When he’s not writing for his web comic Over The Counter, he’s working on short stories or a  new screenplay. Vincent lives in Vancouver.

Cheuk Kwan

Cheuk Kwan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore and Japan. After studying engineering in the U.S., he immigrated to Canada in 1976 where he embarked upon a successful IT career. In 1978, Kwan co-founded The Asianadian, a progressive and influential magazine dedicated to the promotion of Asian Canadian arts, culture and… Continue reading Cheuk Kwan

Michelle Kim

Michelle Kim is a Vancouver-based novelist, filmmaker, and actor. A former journalist for the BBC and CBC, Kim has acted in and produced various feature films. Her directorial debut, The Tree Inside played at various film festivals around the world and won audience choice awards at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and the Northwest Filmmakers’… Continue reading Michelle Kim

Jovanni Sy

Jovanni Sy is a playwright, director, actor, and the Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre. His latest play, Nine Dragons, a detective story set in 1920s colonial Hong Kong, premiered at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary in September 2017 and transferred to Winnipeg’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre before coming to Gateway Theatre in April 2018. Jovanni’s play A… Continue reading Jovanni Sy

Michael Kaan

Michael Kaan was born in Winnipeg, the second child of a father from Hong Kong and a Canadian mother. The Water Beetles is his first novel and was listed as a most anticipated read by Quill & Quire, CBC Books, and 49th Shelf. The Water Beetles is based loosely on his father’s wartime diaries and stories.

Carrianne Leung

Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. Her debut novel, The Wondrous Woo (Inanna Publications), was shortlisted for a Toronto Book Award. Her collection of linked stories, That Time I Loved You, was released in March 2018 by HarperCollins Canada.

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien was born in Vancouver. She is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes (2001), and three novels, Certainty (2006); Dogs at the Perimeter (2011), shortlisted for Berlin’sInternational Literature Prize and winner of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis; and Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016), about musicians studying Western classical music at the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s, and about the legacy… Continue reading Madeleine Thien

Kevin Chong

Kevin Chong is the author of six books, including the memoir My Year of the Racehorse and the novels Beauty Plus Pity and Baroque-a-Nova. His work has been published in Canada, the US, France, Australia, and Macedonia, and has been shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Fiction Prize and a National Magazine Award. He lives in Vancouver,… Continue reading Kevin Chong

Jim Wong-Chu

Jim Wong-Chu (朱藹信) was a published poet, author, editor, and historian. He was a community organizer known for his work in establishing organizations that contributed to multicultural arts and culture in Canada. He also co-edited several anthologies of Asian Canadian writers. He passed away on July 11, 2017. Born in Hong Kong, Jim Wong-Chu came to Canada in 1953… Continue reading Jim Wong-Chu

Katherine Luo

Katherine Luo (Yung Kan Loh) was born in Shanghai in 1935 and immigrated to Canada in 1998. Throughout her life music has played a key part, whether as a professional opera singer and actor, music editor or instructor. She is the author of Traces of Time (Chinese Canadian Writers’ Association, 2010). She has also contributed… Continue reading Katherine Luo