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Esmé Weijun Wang has been featured and mentioned in a number of publications and podcasts, including the New York Times, the New Yorker Online, the Washington Post, The Unmistakable Creative, The Lively Show, and Weekend Edition (NPR). She has also been heard on KCRW’s UnFictional and NPR’s Weekend Update. For media requests, please send an email to

Media Bio

Esmé Weijun Wang is a novelist and essayist. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias (2019), for which she won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017 and won the Whiting Award in 2018. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, she lives in San Francisco, and can be found at and on Twitter @esmewang.

Tour & Events


Feb 6: Event at Green Apple Books on the Park (7:30), in conversation with RO Kwon (San Francisco, CA)

Feb 7: Event at East Bay Booksellers (7:00), in conversation with Caille Millner (Oakland, CA)

Feb 12: Event at Skylight Books (7:30), in conversation with Karolina Waclawiak (Los Angeles, CA)

Feb 18: Event at McNally Jackson (7:00), in conversation with Lisa Ko (NYC, NY)

Feb 19: Event at Books Are Magic (7:30), in conversation with Alice Sola Kim (Brooklyn, NY)

Feb 21: Event at Penn Book Center with Carmen Maria Machado (6 PM), sponsored by Blue Stoop and UPenn (Pennsylvania, PA)

Feb 25: Event at The Wing DC with Tayla Burney (7 PM) for Wing members & their guests only (Washington, DC)

Feb 26: Event at Politics + Prose (7PM), in conversation with Kat Chow (Washington, DC)

March 16: Event at East Bay Booksellers (7PM), in conversation to promote Helen Oyeyemi’s Gingerbread (Oakland, CA)

March 30: SEI Library Grand Re-Opening (6-9PM), with special guests Mitchell S. Jackson and Mayor Ted Wheeler, readings by Esmé Weijun Wang, Maurice Ruffin, Natalie Diaz

April 25 – 28: Arkansas Festival of Books (Little Rock, AR)

May 8: Today Show (NBC) (New York, NY)

May 9: Asian American Writers’ Workshop (6:30 PM), (New York, NY)

May 11: Wordplay Festival (Minneapolis, MN); 12:30 PM “We Need to Talk About Mental Health,” Open Book Stage, 2nd Floor

May 13 – 15: Festival of Writing at Northwestern (Evanston, IL); May 13: (5:30 PM) Esmé Weijun Wang reading + book signing, Norris University Center, 202

May 17: Event at Women + Children First (7:00), in conversation with Eula Biss (Chicago, IL)

June 8: Stories on Stage at Pence Gallery, Davis (7:30), with Shobha Rao (Davis, CA)

Forthcoming: London/UK dates

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