Bestselling author Kwok to speak about new book in Carmel


By Maria Cook

As part of the Visiting Author Series, the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation will host a free presentation by bestselling author Jean Kwok from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 5 in the program room.

Kwok is the author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown, as well as her newest novel, a mystery called Searching for Sylvie. Kwok is a graduate of Harvard University and Cambridge University and has received numerous writing awards throughout her career. She lives in the Netherlands.


“She’ll be sharing insights on her new novel. It’s a title about family secrets and the immigrant experience,” CCPL Communications Director Christy Walker said.

Walker also said that many book clubs and literary groups in the Carmel area are familiar with Kwok and her work, which made her a great choice to participate in the Visiting Author Series.

“She’s a neat lady. She was born in Hong Kong, then went to New York as a child. She got early admission to Harvard and speaks three different languages,” Walker said.

Presenters in the library’s Visiting Author Series usually speak about their writing, read from their work and answer questions from audience members. Kwok’s books will also be available for purchase and signing during the event. All proceeds will support the CCPL Foundation.

Walker said the CCPL Foundation funds community programs hosted by the library throughout the year.

“The library relies on the foundation to provide support for … over 2,000 programs for all ages, from movie nights to our Visiting Author Series,” Walker said. “Our secondary organization, Friends of the Library, also supports those programs.”

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