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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, and a debut novel, The Border of Paradise, which was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR. 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.

Speaking Representation

Trinity Ray, The Tuesday Agency • Office: 319-338-7080 • Mobile: 319-400-9031


Caroline Nitz, Graywolf Press


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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)

June 25: Esmé Weijun Wang in conversation at Waterstones Picadilly (7 PM) (London, UK)

June 26: Esmé Weijun Wang at The Second Shelf (6:30 – 8:30 PM), in conversation with A N Devers about The Collected Schizophrenias (London, UK)

June 27: Esmé Weijun Wang in conversation with Sharlene Teo at Pages Cheshire Street (7 PM) (London, UK)

October 3: In conversation (8:15 – 9:30 AM), “Moving Beyond Labels: Let’s Reframe the Conversation” at Zarrow Mental Health Symposium (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

November 7: Esmé Weijun Wang Redefining Crazy Lunch & Learn Q&A, 2019 conference at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (12:00 – 1:00 PM) Bespoke — Room A, 845 Market Street, Level Four (San Francisco, CA).

November 12: USC Gould’s Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics Presents “The Collected Schizophrenias” (12:15 – 1:30 PM), USC Gould School of Law, Room 7, lecture by Esmé Weijun Wang followed by a conversation with Elyn Saks (Los Angeles, CA)

December 8 – 10: Esmé Weijun Wang teaching at Antioch MFA (Los Angeles, CA)


February 7 – 10: Esmé Weijun Wang at the Tin House Winter Workshop, facilitating the nonfiction workshop alongside T Kira Madden and Wendy C. Ortiz (Newport, OR)

August 10: Molly Wizenberg presents “The Fixed Stars,” with Esmé Weijun Wang with Green Apple Books

August 14: Akwaeke Emezi presents “The Death of Vivek Oji,” with Esmé Weijun Wang with The Elliott Bay Book Company

September 29: Marilynne Robinson presents “Jack,” with Esmé Weijun Wang with Community Bookstore (online event)

October 20: The Powerhouse Arena presents Virtual Paperback Launch: Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison with Lynn Steger Strong, Andre Perry, Gregory Pardlo, and Esmé Weijun Wang (online event)

November 4: Breakout Nonfiction Writer Esmé Weijun Wang joins Black Mountain Institute for a reading of The Collected Schizophrenias, and a conversation on mental health and chronic illness in the time of COVID-19 (online event)


Jan 19: Debutiful & Write or Die Tribe Present a Reading of New, Unpublished, and Unpolished Work Benefiting the Okra Project (7:30 PM EST), with Esmé Weijun Wang, R.O. Kwon, and Karan Mahajan (admission: $5 donation)

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