Monday, October 20, 2014

The Dragonfruit Launch Party

On Thursday we celebrated the launch of How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia with a party at Bookazine in Hong Kong. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the event such a success! All photo credits go to Anshuman Das from Signal 8 Press.

A great crowd at Bookazine on 16 October 2014
Contributor India Harris came all the way from the Philippines for the party.
Contributor Coco Richter introducing her story.
Contributor Stephanie Han gave a beautiful reading of her Hong Kong story.
Contributor Susan Blumberg-Kason came all the way from Chicago for the event, and to launch... 
...her new memoir Good Chinese Wife.
Contributor Jennifer S. Deayton finished off the readings with an excerpt from 'Bread and Knives.'
After the readings all the contributors signed books for their friends and fans.
Here's Signal 8 publisher Marshall Moore with Dragonfruit inspiration and novelist Xu Xi.
Friend and writer Carol tells me she is already almost finished with the book!

We were happy that Asia Literary Agency founder Kelly Falconer could make it to the event.
Thank you to everyone who attended!
And here's me eating the microphone.

P.S. On the day of the Dragonfruit party I turned in my final edits for Year of Fire Dragons: An American Woman's Story of Coming of Age in Hong Kong. The book will be in stores very soon. Here's the Goodreads page if you'd like to add it!


  1. I love these photos and had a wonderful time at the launch! It was the perfect final night of our Hong Kong trip. Thank you for arranging it! I'm all ready to buy multiple copies of "Year of Fire Dragons" and send Jocelyn a scan of your postcard. She was thrilled to see it!

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! I'm glad you were able to be there. I've just seen the full cover of "Year of Fire Dragons" featuring your own blurb on the back :).

  2. Wonderful to see the photos - and so disappointed that I couldn't come along. We should have a Bangkok or Yangon event.................. Irrawaddy Literary Festival is not so far away either :)


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