Tucson Festival of Books

Curtis W Chin



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A co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, Curtis Chin served as the non-profit's first executive director. He went on to write for network and cable television before transitioning to social justice documentaries. Chin has screened his films at over 600 venues in 16 countries. He has written for CNN, Bon Appetit, the Detroit News and the Emancipator/Boston Globe. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chin has received awards from ABC/Disney Television, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and more. His memoir, "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant," was published by Little, Brown in Fall 2023.

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Awards: ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts

Communities: LGBTQ+, Asian American


Scheduled events:
Workshop: Family Matters with Curtis Chin
In creative nonfiction, writing a memoir about your family can be challenging. It's not easy to take a step back and remove your biases. This workshop centers on an exercise that helps you reflect on the past in a more balanced way. Please bring a notebook and pen and be prepared to write. We will ask a few volunteers to share their writing and get feedback.

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 120, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Curtis Chin
Restoring the Family
Sometimes it takes sharing a meal in a family restaurant, experiencing a kids' ballgame with a parent or tackling the toxic condition or situation head-on to make sense of life and to move forward.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Curtis Chin, Meg Kissinger, Teresa Strasser
Moderator: Debra Brenegan
Coming of Age in America
Three popular authors have come to Tucson with colorful, diverse, terrifying and joyful looks into growing up in the USA. There is the warmth and familiarity of a family restaurant; a family ravaged by mental illness and victimized by a flawed mental health system; and a family navigating the divide between mainstream "American" culture and and a Native heritage.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Curtis Chin, Meg Kissinger, Deborah Taffa
Moderator: Dylan Smith

Book:
Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant
A Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Little Brown
October 2023
ISBN 9780316507653
304 pages
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