Authors

A number of established and emerging authors and academics will be attending LiterASIAN 2020. An eclectic blend of emerging and established writers, each individual brings their own style and voice to speak to the theme of Quiet No More: A Festival Against Racism and Hate.

Iron Dog Books is the official offsite bookseller for LiterASIAN 2020. 

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Iron Dog Books is an Indigenous-owned bookshop and booktruck dedicated to bringing low cost reading to Tsleil-Waututh, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Musqueam territories (metro Vancouver).

2671 East Hastings St. Vancouver BC  V5K 1Z5

Web: irondogbooks.com

Phone: 604.215.8807
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Sarah Suk

Sarah Suk (pronounced like soup with a K) lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she writes stories and admires mountains. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the water, taking film photos, or eating a bowl of bingsu. Made in Korea is her first novel. You can visit Sarah online at SarahSuk.com and on Twitter and Instagram… Continue reading Sarah Suk

Grace Eiko Thomson

Grace Eiko Thomson is a second-generation Japanese Canadian, who with her parents and siblings lived in Paueru Gai (Powell Street, Downtown Eastside) in Vancouver until 1942 when they were sent to the internment site of Minto Mines, BC, then in 1945 to rural Manitoba. After restrictions were lifted, they re-settled in the City of Winnipeg… Continue reading Grace Eiko Thomson

Jackie Lau

Jackie Lau decided she wanted to be a writer when she was in grade two, sometime between writing “The Heart That Got Lost” and “The Land of Shapes.” She later studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to writing romance novels.  Jackie lives in Toronto with her husband, and despite living in Canada… Continue reading Jackie Lau

Diana Morita Cole

Diana Morita Cole is an author, storyteller, and winner of the 2017 Carver Award for Emerging Writers sponsored by the Nelson & District Arts Council and the Kootenay Literary Society for her book, Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit, Her writing has been published in The New Orphic Review, short-listed in the Open-Season Competition of The… Continue reading Diana Morita Cole

Larissa Lai

Larissa Lai has authored three novels, The Tiger Flu, Salt Fish Girl and When Fox Is a Thousand; two poetry collections, sybil unrest (with Rita Wong) and Automaton Biographies; a chapbook, Eggs in the Basement; and a critical book, Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. A recipient of… Continue reading Larissa Lai

JF Garrard

JF Garrard is an award winning speculative fiction writer, editor and publisher. She is the President of Dark Helix Press, serves as the Co-President for the Canadian Authors Association’s Toronto Branch, Festival Coordinator for LiterASIAN Toronto, Deputy Editor for Ricepaper Magazine, and Assistant Editor for Amazing Stories.  

Cynda Yeasting

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to a Pioneer Chinese family, Cynda Yeasting is the eldest of a family of five. She is a second generation Vancouverite. Although she is adventurous and has been fortunate enough to travel to some wonderful places in the world, Vancouver is where her heart is most content.  She has… Continue reading Cynda Yeasting

Valerie Luu and Andria Lo

Chinatown Pretty is a storytelling project, founded by photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu, that documents senior citizens’ street style in Chinatowns. What qualifies as Chinatown Pretty? It combines urban utilitarianism with unexpected sartorial choices that reveal resilience, personal histories, and cultural values. Since 2014, they’ve photographed and interviewed hundreds of the seniors in… Continue reading Valerie Luu and Andria Lo

William Tham

William Tham Wai Liang was formerly Senior Editor at Ricepaper. His newest book, The Last Days, is set in 1981 and covers the continuing legacy of the Malayan Emergency. His first book, Kings of Petaling Street, was shortlisted for the Penang Monthly Book Prize in 2017 and will be republished shortly. He edited Paper &… Continue reading William Tham

Okky Madasari

Okky Puspa Madasari, known as Okky Madasari, is an Indonesian novelist, essayist and academic. She won an Indonesian major literary prize, the Khatulistiwa Literary Award, in 2012 for her third novel, Maryam.At the age of 28, she is the youngest ever to win this prestigious award. Her novels were shortlisted three years in a row… Continue reading Okky Madasari

Melissa De Silva

Melissa De Silva is the author of the cross-genre memoir ‘Others’ is Not a Race, which won the Singapore Literature Prize 2018 (Creative Nonfiction category). Her writing explores issues of identity and culture through food, memory and forgetting. Her fiction has been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Best New Singaporean Short Stories Vol.… Continue reading Melissa De Silva

Danton Remoto

Danton Remoto is a novelist whose book Riverrun (published by Penguin Random House) has been chosen by bookriot.com as one of the “five most highly anticipated books by an Asian author in 2020.”  Danton Remoto has taught for more than thirty years at universities in the United States, Malaysia, and the Philippines.  Educated at Ateneo… Continue reading Danton Remoto