March 6, 2018   7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Heliconian Literary Lecture Series, Toronto, ON.  Lecture about Dragon Springs Road. 


Sept. 21 - 24, 2017

LiterAsian 2017 ( Vancouver, Canada) 

  • Thursday Sept. 21   6:30 - 8:30 pm at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. Reading with: Jen Sookfong Lee, Leanne Dunic, Julia Lin, Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell.
  • Saturday Sept. 23   5:00 - 6:00 pm at UBC Learning Exchange. Panel discussion The Art of Storytelling - the delicate line between fiction and reality. Moderated by Dr. Glenn Deer, with Kim Thuy, Leanne Dunic, Jen Sookfong Lee, Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell.

Aug. 17 - 20, 2017

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. In beautiful Sechelt, BC. One of those events that authors love for its unique, intimate atmosphere and wonderful audiences. And getting billeted with great hosts. 


HarperCollins Historical Fiction Tour: going on a Canadian west coast road trip with Kate Quinn and Jennifer Robson

June 27 - Victoria | Bolen's Books   7:00 pm

JUNE 28 - Vancouver | Book Warehouse Main Street  7:00 pm

JUNE 29 - Whistler | TBD  7:00 pm


June 24, 2017

Sunriver Books. (Sunriver, Oregon) Reading and a chat with audience at a wonderful independent bookstore in Oregon. 


June 22 - 23, 2017

Historical Novel Society Conference. (Portland, Oregon)  "Come with me, to the land faraway: a discussion of novels set in Asia " with co-panelists Weina Dai Randel: debut author of The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon; Elsa Hart: author of Jade Dragon Mountain and upcoming White Mirror; Susan Spann: author of three novels, Claws of the Cat, Blade of a Samurai, Flask of a Drunken Master, and upcoming The Ninja's Daughter,. Moderated by Kevan Lyon of Lyon Marsal Literary Agency.


May 21, 2017   3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Auckland Writers Festival (Auckland, NZ).  "Chinese Shadows: Life in China has long been a source of fascination and in the work of bestselling novelists Deborah Challinor (The Cloud Leopard’s Daughter) and Janie Chang (Dragon Springs Road), Shanghai-based correspondent Rob Schmitz (Street of Eternal Happiness) and memoirist Tyl von Randow (Red Dust Over Shanghai) it provides a multi-layered setting. They read from their work. Introduced by Christine O’Brien". Limelight Room, Aotea Centre. 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD.


April 29, 2017

Canadian Authors for Indies Day.  (Vancouver Lower Mainland) Save the date! Support Canada's independent bookstores. Hundreds of authors across Canada will be working as guest booksellers at independent bookstores. I'll be at Armchair Books in Whistler, BC along with the irrepressible Susan Juby


April 27, 2017  9:00 - 11:00 pm

Vancouver's Co-op radio is interviewing me about Authors for Indies on their Arts Rational program. Host is James Tyler Irvine. Not sure when exactly this segment will air, just somewhere between 9 - 11.


April 23, 2017   12:30 pm 

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (Los Angeles, CA)  "Road Less Traveled" with co-panelists Natashia Deon, Shanthi Sekaran, and moderator Alex Espinoza. 



March 23, 2017   6:30 pm

Claire V.G. Thomas Theatre  (Lynden, Washington) Come join the studio audience of the Chuckanut Radio Hour variety show, the Pacific Northwest's answer to The Prairie Home Companion. I'll be in the guest author segment of the show. Nope, sorry, not singing or playing a musical instrument, just getting interviewed. I've been told it's a hoot for audience and performers.  


March 1, 2017   7:30 pm

Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch) - Alice McKay Room. The Vancouver Writers Fest's Incite Series. Where I'll be on a panel with authors Carleigh Baker and Jen Sookfong Lee, in conversation with VWF artistic director Hal Wake. Poor Hal. 


Feb. 17 - 19, 2017

Galliano Literary Festival. (Galiano Island, BC)  What's better than being in a gorgeous island setting? Being on stage with the wonderful Steven Price. Fan girl time. 


Feb. 11, 2017

Western Book Reps Association Spring Bookfair. (Victoria, BC) I've been invited as a guest of the BC Booksellers Association to a reception at this event, to talk about Dragon Springs Road and also about Authors for Indies. In beautiful Victoria, BC ! 


Feb. 8, 2017   6:00 pm

Another Story Bookshop.  (Toronto, ON) I will be giving a short reading interspersed with commentary about the era of Chinese history when Dragon Springs Road takes place, racism, women’s status, and belief in Fox spirits. Followed by Q&A. 


Feb. 8, 2017   3:30 pm

Book City Bloor Street West (Toronto, ON). Dropping by to sign books, chat.


Feb. 7, 2017   7:00 pm

A Different Drummer Books. (Burlington, ON). Reading followed by discussion with Rhonda Dynes, Professor of Communcations at Mohawk College. My publicist tells me this bookstore is an absolute destination in Burlington. 


Feb. 7, 2017   2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Novel Spot Bookshop. (Etobicoke, ON) Reading, signing, tap-dancing. OK, just kidding about the dancing. I will be dropping by for a short reading, chat, sign books.


Feb. 5, 2017   11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Blue Heron Books: Books and Brunch.  (Uxbridge, ON) Should I be looking forward to this one? I've heard rumours about the moderator for the event! Event is hosted at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge. Tickets for the brunch $25. This is first event of the Toronto area mini-book tour for Dragon Springs Road. 


January 14, 2017    4:00 - 6:00 pm  

Canadian Launch of Dragon Springs Road  (Vancouver, BC) Combination book launch and Chinese New Year party to celebrate Dragon Springs Road.  Come to Harrison Galleries and pick up copies of DSR, enjoy some nibbles, try a little dragon dancing, and listen to live music by Silk Road Music. Harrison Galleries: 901 Homer St, Vancouver, BC | Tel: 604 732-5217 

Main Street Book Warehouse (604 879-7737) will be there with copies of DSR. You may want to pre-order your copy for pick up at the event. I mention this only because last time we ran out of books and I'm still apologizing for it


January 11, 2017    7:00 pm

Vroman's Bookstore (Pasadena, CA) A joint event with the phenomenal Shilpi Somaya Gowda, bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son, moderated by Steph Cha. If you're planning to come, support an independent bookstore and pre-order books from Vromans for pick up at the event.  Vroman's Bookstore: 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Tel: 626-449-5320


January 10, 2017    7:30 pm    

US Launch of Dragon Springs Road. (Menlo Park, CA) Dragon Springs Road launches at Kepler's Books. Bring a friend or three. Nibble on Chinese cookies, pick up a copy of DSR and get it signed. Suggestion: order Dragon Springs Road in advance from Kepler's.  Kepler's Books: 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA | Tel: 650-324-4321


Dec. 15, 2016     1:30-4:30 pm Eastern Time

Many Voices of Women's Fiction (Online) Virtual Book club on Facebook, hosted by the Women's Fiction Writers Association. A discussion of women's fiction with diverse authors, protagonists, characters, and themes. All are welcome! Featuring: Giveaways, appearances by the author and a spoiler-free discussion of three highly acclaimed books. Join this event whether you've read all 3 books or they're still on your TBD stack! Books are:


Dec. 1, 2016    8:00 - 10:00 pm

TWS Reading Series. Special all-alumni event featuring grads of The Writer's Studio. Always a good time, with a great crowd and good food at the Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street


Nov. 3, 2016   7:00 - 8:30 pm

Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch) - Alternate Histories Writers Panel with authors Dietrich Kalteis (House of Blazes), SG Wong (Devil Take the Hindmost) and EC Bell (Drowning in Amber) in a discussion of place, time, setting, and genre, moderated by Writer-in-Residence Sam Wiebe. If you're on Facebook, you can sign up for the event here. 


October 29, 2016   7:30 pm

Sunshine Coast Arts Council Fall Author Reading Series  - a legendary series out here on the West Coast of Canada. 


August 30, 2016.

Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association Tradeshow Invited as one of authors for the lunchtime talk Authors on the Map, an opportunity for authors with 'a potential breakout' book to tell independent booksellers about their latest work. 


Saturday April 30, 2016

Canadian Authors for Indies Day - This event is taking place at independent bookstores all over Canada. Please check out the Authors for Indies website (link above) for a participating store near you. I will be at the Main Street Book Warehouse from 2:00 - 5:00 pm to meet and greet customers, chat about books we love, and recommend some titles! Support Canada's independent bookstores. Visit one on Saturday, April 30!


April 25, 2016

TALK (Third Age Learning at Kwantlen University) - Janie's presentation will focus on the family history behind THREE SOULS: the real people, places, and events which found their way into the novel, as well as the tumultuous era in Chinese history which serves as a backdrop for the story. She will also discuss why and how she finally took the steps to fulfill a lifetime dream of writing a novel, and the unexpected changes in her life since becoming a published author.


April 11, 2016  7:00 - 9:00 pm 

The Writers Studio Authors Panel - SFU Downtown


March 12, 2016

New Zealand Festival Writers Week - Three Soul Writers: Janie Chang, Nnedi Okorafor, Tina Makereti.  Magic? Realism? Or both. Janie Chang’s first novel, Three Souls, Tina Makereti’s Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings and Nnedi Okorafor’s fiction all cross between mythical and realist worlds. Led by Makereti, these three will discuss death, spirituality and contemporary fiction, and how each author draws on the traditional stories of their respective cultures – Chinese, Māori, Moriori and Nigerian – to create new fictional worlds where the past, future and the unseen might make us look again at the present.


Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival

October 2 - 4, 2015


CBC Radio One: On the Island

Interview with Gregor Craigie (recording)


September 29, 2015    8:20 am PST

SFU Southbank Writers Program

Surrey City Centre Library

July 28, 2015    6:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Workshop: Blending Story, Fiction, and Fact in the Historical Novel


Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 FM

Interview on The Writing Life. Starts at around the 3-minute mark of the recording.

Burnaby Public Library (Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch)

June 9, 2015   7:00 - 8:00

Reading and discussion


Vancouver Public Library Central Library

June 5, 2015  6:00 - 7:30 pm

Workshop: Verisimilitude and the Historic Novel


Vancouver Public Library Central Library

May 30, 2015  1:00 - 2:30 pm

Book Club. SFU Writers' Studio and VPL joint event. Moderated discussion of Three Souls (I won't be there so everyone can say what they really think!)


North Vancouver Public Library

May 20, 2015   7:00 - 9:00 pm

NVCL Local Author Series


Authors for Indies Day  at 32 Books & Gallery & Hager Books

Saturday May 2, 2015   11:00 am - 1:00 pm

At 32 Books & Gallery volunteering as a guest bookseller in support of Canada's independent bookstores. Drop by the store and meet some of my wonderful fellow authors:  John Vaillant, Grant Lawrence, Cea Sunrise Person, and Cathie Borrie


Saturday May 2, 2015     2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Then I'll be scooting across town as fast as traffic allows for an afternoon shift at Hager Books in Kerrisdale with Caroline Adderson, Carol Shaben, Beryl Young, and my friend and mentor Shaena Lambert. Come to either store and talk books, find out what authors are reading and recommending these days!


Euro2014 Writing Retreat and Mediterranean Cruise 

Nov. 12 - 22, 2014

Teaching some writing workshops organized by the Fraser Valley Writers while cruising aboard the Norwegian Jade! Italy, Greece, Turkey.


Italian Book Launch Media Tour

Nov. 5 - 6, 2014

Milan, Italy. Arranged by my Italian publisher, Fabbri (Rizzoli). 


Vancouver Public Library South Hill Branch

Oct. 18, 2014  2:30 - 4:00 pm 

 VPL South Hill Book Club


The Book Warehouse

4118 Main Street, Vancouver

Oct. 15, 2014  7:00 pm

Novel Nights at Book Warehouse

Please register in store, call (604)879-7737, or email: Main Street Book Warehouse


Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club

Oct 3, 2014

Reading, talk, banquet! 

Event begins at 6pm at the Golden City Restaurant (721 Fisgard Street).  Cost for traditional 8 course meal and talk will be $38.00.  Tables will be banquet rounds of 10.   


Southbank Writer's Program: Panel on Publishing

August 7, 2014  6:15-8:45 pm
Surrey City Centre Public Library


Thompson Public Library

June 3, 2014  3:30 pm PST / 5:30 Central  As in: Thompson, Manitoba! 

Reading and discussion with via Skype! 


White Rock Library

May 6, 2014  7:00 PM 

 Reading and discussion 


 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala 

May 3, 2014 at Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel


Book Club Girl (online chat)

March 26, 2014  3:00 pm PST/6:00 pm EST

Blog talk radio show. Never done this before, but what's technology for? 


Village Books (Bellingham, WA)

March 23,  2014   4:00 PM

Hoping to see friends from Seattle at this one. And those cross-border shoppers once they're done at Costco. 


Gung Haggis Fat Choy 

March 16, 2014 -- 5:00 pm Reception; 6:00 pm Dinner

Vancouver's 17th annual Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Banquet & Fundraiser. Featuring ways to make haggis edible. I'm not a fan of haggis, but this banquet could change things. Apparently I will be doing a small reading, between bagpipe recitals or something.


Kepler's Books and Magazines

March 6, 2014  7:30 pm

So thrilled this fabulous bookstore in Menlo Park, CA will be hosting a reading and the US launch of Three Souls. San Francisco Bay Area folks -- see you there!


Columbia College (Vancouver)

February 4, 2014  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What Aspiring Authors Need to Know About the Publishing Industry


Christianne's Lyceum (Vancouver)

Thurs Nov. 21, 2013 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Meet the Author Series. Become a Literary Locavore.


literAsian: A Festival of  Pacific Rim Asian Canadian Writing

Sunday, Nov. 24 from10:00am – 12:00pm (UBC Learning Exchange)

The Debut Author and the Business of Mainstream Publishing

(aka: What I Wish Someone had Told Me Before I Started Writing)


International Festival of Authors  (Toronto)

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Markham, ON), IFOA Markham Author Readings
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm  (Toronto), Historic Reveries


Vancouver International Writers Festival

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at 10:30am, As the Past Comes to Life


Surrey International Writers Conference

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, SiWC Success Stories panel


TWS Reading Series Featured Guest Author

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St (at E 29th), Vancouver

WORD Vancouver 2013 Festival

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm, Canada Writes Tent


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