Recent and forthcoming events:

September 23, 11:30 am EST: keynote speech at Franklin & Marshall College, you can rewatch the event on Youtube 

October 5, 9:00 pm EST: conversation with Kim Thúy, winner of the Governor General's Award, hosted by Elliot Bay Book Company, you can rewatch here

October 17, 10:00 am Indonesian time: conversation with the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, hosted by the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Tickets here

October 23, 5:30 pm PST: Distinguished Guest Speaker, Peacetree Vietnam. Free tickets here 

November 13-14: Dayton Literary Peace Prize Gala, Dayton, Ohio

December 4, 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time: PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award celebration. Free tickets here

Quế Mai is represented exclusively for lectures by The Tuesday Agency. For lecture requests, contact Trinity Ray, President of The Tuesday Agency:

Quế Mai loves her readers and is very thankful for everyone's support. 


Quế Mai is deeply grateful to hundreds of organizations including schools, book clubs, libraries, bookstores, festivals and community centers who have hosted discussions about The Mountains Sing since its publication. She is currently taking a break from public events to focus on the edits of her second novel, Dust Child, forthcoming soon with Algonquin Books. Below are links to the recording of her recent public events about The Mountains Sing for you to watch at your convenience.

Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, hosted by Harvard Bookstore and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network

Conversation with Thi Bui, hosted by Oakland Cultural Center

Quế Mai's appearance on Friends and Fiction

Conversation with Subtle Asian Bookclub

Conversation with Megha Majumdar, hosted by University Bookstore

Conversation with Karl Marlantes, hosted by Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book

Conversation with Matthew Hoh, hosted by Veteran for Peace

Conversation with Diep Vuong, hosted by Eastwind Books of Berkeley and the Pacific Links Foundation

Conversation with Professor Wayne Karlin, hosted by the College of Southern Maryland

Conversation with Dr. Sofia Rehman 

San Francisco Public Library

Edwardsville Public Library, SIUE Lovejoy Library and SIUE Alumni Association

Kent Memorial Library


May 1, 8:30 PM EDT, In Conversation with Thi Bui, best-selling author of The Best We Could Do. Event hosted by Oakland Asian Cultural Center & Brookline Booksmith’s Transnational Literature Series 

March 3-6, 2021: AWP Conference, the United States. Presenter of two panels: "Compelling Plots: From the First Draft to Publishing and Marketing" and "Untold Stories"

5 March 2021, 7pm CST: The Unbound Book Festival, the United States: Panel on "First Things First: Debut Novels" 

March 1 & 2, 2021: The Adelaide Festival, Australia

Instagram live with the Italian Journalist Marta Perego about the Italian edition of The Mountains Sing

Discussion about The Mountains Sing, moderated by Thanh Tan, as part of the Author Voices series, sponsored by the King County Library System Foundation. 

Discussion with Janet Deneefe, director of The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Indonesia about The Mountains Sing

The Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore, October 30 to November 8

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Hong Kong, November 3-15

- Readings from The Secret of Hoa Sen and The Mountains Sing, as part of the Scheherazade Project. Watch here

- Author talk - a conversation with the best selling novelist Natalie Jenner about our debut novels, hosted by Northshire Bookstore, July 23, 2020. Watch here

- Presenter - Instagram live with Hoopla Bookclub, June 16, 2020. Watch here

- Author Talk - Bookclub discussion at the San Francisco Public Library, May 23, 2020. Watch here.

- Presenter -  Live Event with Reading Group Choices

- Presenter - DVAN's Author Talk Series, in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen - winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, hosted by the Harvard Bookstore, May 8, 2020. Watch here.

- Presenter - Veterans for Peace, in conversation with Matthew Hoh, Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy about war, borders, history, nationalities and the urgent need for a renewed dedication towards peace, reconciliation and internationalism, May 6, 2020. Watch here.

- Presenter - College of Southern Maryland's Connections series, in conversation with Wayne Karlin, Vietnam veteran, award-winning novelist, editor of Curbstone's Voices from Vietnam series, May 1. Event hosted by Greenlight Bookstore. Watch here.

- Keynote Speaker, UN Day, Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS), November 14, 2019. Watch here.

Speaker, the International Literature Festival Berlin, Berlin, Germany, September 11-16, 2019.

Speaker, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Ubud, Indonesia, October 24-28, 2018.

Visiting Writer, William Joiner Institute 2018 Writers' Workshop, University of Massachusetts Boston, the United States, June 25 - June 29, 2018.

Panel member, Dialogues Across Borders: Creative Minds: Vietnamese Writers of the Diaspora (with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui, Nam Le, Anna Moi, Hoa Nguyen, Aimee Phan, Bao Phi, Dao Strom, Monique Truong), moderated by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong and Anh Thang Dao, San Jose Museum of Art, the United States, 9 June 2018.

Dialogues Across Borders: War and Race for Vietnamese Writers of the Diaspora, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, California, the United States, June 5-11, 2018. 

Visiting Writer, the Jakarta International School, Jakarta, Indonesia (January-February 2018).

The International Seminar on Rivers in Literature, Banjarmasin, Indonesia, 6-9 December, 2017. 

- The International Arts Festival, SEAN Poetry and Syair @DiverseCity 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28-30 September, 2017.

- Writing for Liberty Conference, the University of Western Cape, South Africa, 27-29 March, 2017.

Creative Writing Workshops 'Keeping It Short', the International School of Brussels, Belgium, 13-15 March, 2017.

Poetry reading, Hugo House, Seattle, the United States, 28 March 2016. 

Poetry Reading, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, CA, the United States, 30 March 2016. 

Poetry Reading,  Pico Union Branch Library, Los Angeles, CA, the United States, 31 March 2016. 

Inheriting the War Anthology Reading' Poetry Reading, AWP BookFair & Conference, Los Angeles, CA, the United States, 2 April 2016. 

Poetry reading, the 2016 Zee Jaipur Literary Festival, India, 21-25 January, 2016.

Creative Writing Workshop 'Our Stories, Our Heritage', the International School of Brussels, Belgium, 15-19 February, 2016.

Poetry reading, My Country Calls My Name book launch, The Women Museum of Vietnam and the Southern Vietnam Women Museum, June 2015 (Hanoi & HCM City, Vietnam).   

Poetry reading, The Asian Development Bank (ADB), as part of the Know Your Developing Member Countries (KYDMCs): Viet Nam event and activities, 8 May, 2015.

Poetry Reading, McEver Poetry Reading, techARTS Festival, Georgia Tech University, 26 February, 2015 (Atlanta, USA).

Poetry Reading, Poetry Sunday Event, Lannan Foundation, 1 March, 2015 (New Mexico, USA).

Facilitator, creative writing workshop “Write Our Identity”, Writers & Books Literary Center, 5 March, 2015 (Rochester, USA).

Poetry Reading, Writers & Books Literary Center, 6 March, 2015 (Rochester, USA).

Distinguished Visiting Faculty, Poets House, 10 March 2015 (New York City, USA).

Poetry reading, Poets House’s Poetry Reading Event, 10 March, 2015 (New York City, USA).

Poetry Reading, International School Manila (ISM) Cultural Show, 27 March, 2015 (Manila, Philippines).

Summer Writing Workshop, Lancaster University (UK, 2013).

Poetry readings, International Poetry Festival of Medellin (Colombia, 2013).

Poetry readings, Qinghai Roundtable Meeting of International Poets (China, 2012).

Poetry readings and facilitation, The First Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival (Vietnam, 2012).

Craft lecture & poetry reading: De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (December 2012).

Poetry workshop for grade 9 students, Yew Chung International School, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (November 2012).

Poetry workshop for 60 grade 9-12 students, The Korean International School, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong (October 2012).

Poetry workshop for ENG 2170 (Poetry) Class, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong (October 2012).

Craft lecture & poetry reading: De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (February 2012).

Craft lecture and poetry reading, Silliman University's 51st National Writers Workshop, Dumaguete, Philippines (May 2012).

Poetry workshop, 4th grade students, The International School Manila, Manila, Philippines (December 2012 and March 2012) - The result was a poetry collection which was sold-out and raised sufficient funds to buy two sets of play equipment for a disadvantaged local school.

Craft lecture, conducted with professor Bruce Weigl, University of Culture, Hanoi, Vietnam (December 2011).

•     International qualifications:

·         Ph.D candidate in Creative Writing, Lancaster University (2015-2020).

·         Master of Arts in Creative Writing,Lancaster University, UK(2014).

·         Bachelor of Business Administration (Communications major), Monash University, Australia (1997).


Mr. Neil Allen, Head of English, High School, The International School of Brussels: “In March of 2016 and 2017, Que Mai has led week-long workshops to a group of our students, engaging, inspiring and training our students how to write creatively. The students were extremely positive about the workshops, and, having observed sessions personally, I was delighted with the structure, organisation and atmosphere of each session.”