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Event: The Year of Finding Memory=The Year of Finding Memory event.  Event: Midnight at the Dragon Café=Midnight at the Dragon Café event.


  • 31st March, 2014. “Perspectives on Memoir Writing”, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, Robarts Library, University ofToronto.


  • October 25th-27th, 2013. Parry Sound Bed and Breakfast Book Club weekend, Parry Sound, Ont. Two afternoons of unhurried conversation with Judy and Susan Swan. www.parrysoundbb.com/promotions.html
  • September 20th-28th, 2013. Tour of Guangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Bejing to promote the translation of Midnight at the Dragon Café into Chinese. With thanks to the Canadian Embassy in Bejing and the Canada Council.
  • Tuesday, July 16th, 2013. Westben Arts Festival Theatre, Campbellford, Ont. “Words & Notes”: Readings from Martha Schabas and Judy. Piano performances by Brian Finley.
    (705) 653-5508 or (877) 883-5777 www.westben.ca
  • Monday, June 3rd, 2013. The Rowers’ Pub Reading Series, Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto, Ont. Readings from Allan Briesmaster, Kirsty Elliot, Laura Lush and Judy. (416) 516-5787 www.rowerspubreadingseries.com


  • September 27th, 2012. A panel discussion of Trauma and the Diaspora with Judy, Janet MacArthur, Tamio Wakayama and YaliniDreams.
    Coach House, Green College, University of British Columbia.
  • May 30th, 2012. Event: The Year of Finding Memory A reading at the Clarkson branch of the Mississauga Library.
  • April 27th, 2012. Trent Hills Grannies for Africa – a talk and reading at a fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. www.stephenlewisfoundation.org


  • November 8th, 2011. Canadian Writers in Person series at York University, Keele Campus. www.yorku.ca/laps/canwrite
  • November 2nd, 2011. Judy reads at the Brockton Writers Series, Toronto, Ontario
  • October 21st, 2011. Judy lunches with five wining contestants in their defense of the Toronto Public Library against the threat of branch closures, service reductions and program cutbacks. www.ourpubliclibrary.to/contest
  • October 5th, 2011. A reading and talk in Judy's childhood home town. Halton Hills Public Library, Acton Branch, Ontario
  • September 18th, 2011. McLaughlin Literary Festival. Judy reads at the inaugural Festival, Oshawa, Ontario. McLaughlin Literary Festival
  • August 4th-7th, 2011. Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. Judy delivers the Bruce Hutchison Memorial Lecture, Sechelt, British Columbia. www.writersfestival.ca
  • June 2nd, 2011. Event: Midnight at the Dragon CaféA book club dinner. Judy at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto. Details at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ktr/one-book-raffle.jsp
  • May 26th, , 2011. An evening with book clubs. Mississauga Library Lorne Park Branch, Mississauga, Ontario
  • May 17th, 2011. Asian Canadian Writers' Showcase. McNally Robinson Booksellers Atrium, Grant Park Shopping Mall, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May 9th, 2011. Another airing of CBC Radio ‘Ideas’ presents Chinese Laundry Kids. Judy and others talk about growing up in their family hand laundry.www.cbc.ca/ideas
  • April 29th, 2011. A Blue Met Night Cap, Blue Met Festival event, Montreal. Judy and three other writers reading from their respective memoirs
  • April 28th, 2011. Little Gems: The Art of the Short Story, Blue Met Festival event, Montreal. With three other masters of the short story, a reading from China Dog and Other Stories
  • April 26th, 2011. Event: Midnight at the Dragon Café Keep Toronto Reading - One Book 2011, North York Central Library, Toronto. Book club discussion of Midnight at the Dragon Café with Judy
  • April 18th, 2011. CBC Radio ‘Ideas’ presents Chinese Laundry Kids. Judy and others talk about growing up in their family hand laundry.www.cbc.ca/ideas
  • April 13th, 2011. Event: Midnight at the Dragon Café: Return to the Dragon Café: An Evening at Spadina Garden. Tasty food, literary company and a reading by Judy. Spadina Garden, 116 Dundas Street West, Toronto.
  • April 12th, 2011. Keep Toronto Reading – One Book 2011, Runnymede Branch, Toronto. ‘Shape of Memory’: memoir writing with Judy
  • April 11th, 2011. Event: Midnight at the Dragon Café: “Dancing Between Identities: The Boston Cream Pie and Negotiating Home”. A public lecture by Dr Julie Mehta on Midnight at the Dragon Café, Unversity of Toronto
  • April 5th, 2011. Event: The Year of Finding Memory Durham Lifelong Learning, Hebron Christian Church, Whitby, Ontario. www.durhamlifelearn.org
  • April 4th, 2011. Event: Midnight at the Dragon Café Keep Toronto Reading – One Book 2011, Palmerston Branch, Toronto, Ont. “Between Two Worlds: A Panel Discussion”: About being the family interpreter of language and culture while growing up. Hosted by CBC’s Anne-Marie Mediwake
  • April 1st, 2011. Event: Midnight at the Dragon Café Keep Toronto Reading – One Book Kick-off, Toronto Reference Library, Ont. Hosted by CBC’s Laura diBattista. www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
  • January 26th-30th, 2011. Galle Literary Festival, Galle, Sri Lanka


  • April 2nd, 2010. Event: The Year of Finding Memory Canadian Author Series, Brampton, Ont. www.bramlib.on.ca
  • November 22nd, 2010. Grimsby Author Series, Grimsby, Ont. www.grimsbyauthorseries.com
  • November 20th, 2010. The Village Author Dinner, Bayfield, Ont. www.thevillagebookshop.com
  • November 7th, 2010. Fundraiser for the Friends of Haliburton County Public Library, Minden, Ont. www.haliburtonlibrary.ca
  • November 3rd, 2010. Hamilton Public Library, Turner Park Branch, Hamilton, Ont. www.myhamilton.ca/articles/annual-book-club-tea
  • September 28th, 2010. Toronto Public Library, The Eh List Series, Ont. www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/featured/eh-list.jsp
  • September 23rd, 2010. Kingston Writers' Festival, Ont. www.kingstonwritersfest.ca
  • September 19th, 2010. Mississauga Literary Festival, Ont. www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/literaryfestival
  • July 15th, 16th & 17th, 2010. Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Moose Jaw. www.festivalofwords.com
  • June 21st & 26th, 2010. Judy interviewed on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter, with Shelagh Rogers. www.cbc.ca/thenextchapter
  • June 5th & 12th, 2010. Judy interviewed on CBC Radio's Studio One Book Club, with Sheryl MacKay and Nancy Lee. www.cbc.ca/bc/bookclub
  • May 29th, 2010. Victoria Lioness Club, Golden City Restaurant, 721 Fisgard Street, Victoria, B.C.
  • May 28th, 2010. UBC/explorAsian, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC, 1961 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C. www.explorasian.org
  • May 27th, 2010. Friends of Foo's Ho Ho Restaurant,An Evening with Three Former Chinese Laundry Kids: Judy Fong Bates, John Jung, Elwin Xie – A fundraiser for Foo's Restaurant”, 102 East Pender Street, upstairs, Vancouver, B. C. www.fooshoho.com
  • May 26th, 2010. CBC - Studio One Book Club, reading and interview with Q&A, CBC Studio, Vancouver, B. C.
  • May 25th, 2010. Commensal Reading Series, Le Commensal Restaurant, 655 Bay Street, Toronto, Ont.
  • May 19th, 2010. Parry Sound Books, Charles W. Stockey Centre
    Parry Sound, Ont. www.parrysoundbooks.com
  • May 18th, 2010. University of Toronto Reading Series, University of Toronto Bookstore, 214 College Street, Toronto, Ont.
  • May 12th, 2010. Words Worth Books, at Princess Twin Cinema, 46 King Street North, Waterloo, Ont. www.wordsworthbooks.com
  • May 4th, 2010. Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont.
  • April 29th, 2010. Northumberland launch at Lighthouse Books, 65 Main Street, Brighton, Ont
  • April 28th, 2010. Launch at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto, Ont. www.benmcnallybooks.com
  • April 25th, 2010. Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Brunch, King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East, Toronto, Ont. M5L 1E9
  • April 20th, 2010. Different Drummer Bookstore, La Salle Park Pavilion, Burlington, Ont.
  • April 18th, 2010. Bookers “Books and Brunch”, The Oakville Golf Club, 1154 6th Line, Oakville, Ont.