Quế Mai will be bringing her fiction, poetry and music to these events and can't wait to welcome you:

17-22 September: Italy

- Pordenonelegge Festival, Auditorium Largo San Giorgio, Pordenone, 7pm, September 17th: Conversation with Federica Augusta Rossi, journalist and literary critic. Register here

- Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice, 6:30pm, September 18th: Writers in Conversation (event co-organised by Ca’ Foscari University), conversation with professor Lê Thị Bích Hường, moderated by Sara D'Attoma. Register here

- Auditorium di Sant’Antonio, Morbegno, September 19th, 8:45pm. More information

- Rizzoli Galleria, Milan, September 20th, 6pm

- Libreria Nuova Europa, Rome, September 21, 6:30pm. More information

- Ubik Spazio Settle, Rome, September 22, 12 noon

Auditorium Casa delle Culture, Velletri, 22 September, 7pm

- Sesto Fiorentino, 23 September: Book event with Libreria Rinascita Ubik, 6pm

- BOGLONA: 25 September, Book singing at Ambasciatori, 5pm

28-30 September: Sweden

- Gothenburg City library: 6pm, 28 September: Book concert together with award-winning Vietnamese musician Nguyễn Thanh Thủy, moderated by Hiền Ekeroth. Register here

- Gothenburg Book fair, 1pm, 29 September: book discussion with the journalist Peter Fröberg Idling. Register here

- Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities Stockholm, 6pm, 30 September: Book concert with award-winning musician Nguyễn Thanh Thủy, moderated by Hiền Ekeroth. Register here

2-5 October: Norway

- Trondheim House of literature, 7.30 pm, 2 October: book discussion with Fartan Horgan, novelist and literary critic. Register here

- Oslo House of Literature, 7pm, 4 October: Book discussion with Yukiko Duke, translator and artistic advisor for the Norwegian Festival of Literature. Register here

- Bergen House of Literature, 7pm, 5 October: book discussion with Anders Magnus, journalist. Register here 

7-13 October: UK

Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham 7pm, 7 October: conversation with Cecile Pin, author of the n’s Prize-longlisted novel Wandering Souls, chaired by Ann Morgan. Register here

Cheltenham Festival, 4:15pm-4:45pm, 8 October: Stories and Songs from Việt Nam. The Huddle in our Feast Café (free event, no need for registration). More information

Waterstone Birmingham, 6pm, 9 October: book discussion. Register here

Oxford Brookes University, 6pm, 10 October, Oxford. Register here

Waterstones Piccadilly, London, 7pm,11th October: book club discussion with the Candid bookclub. Register here

3-5 November: Bangkok Literature Festival

31 January-6 February 2024: Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai


Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is a passionate and inspiring speaker who advocates for peace and social justice. She has been featured as a keynote speaker by a wide variety of organizations who include companies, charitable organizations, universities, schools, libraries... In February 2023, she was selected by Grant Thornton UK LLP - one of the world's leading consulting firms as a keynote speaker on the power of storytelling for the company's Advanced Leader Program Summit in Hà Nội, which gathered more than 90 top leaders. Click here to read her speaker's profile. She is represented exclusively for keynote speeches and lectures by The Tuesday Agency. To invite her to speak at your event, contact Alexa Starry at The Tuesday Agency: [email protected]


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 and Dust Child. Below are links to the recording of her recent public events about her novels for you to watch at your convenience.

Conversation about Dust Child at Washington DC Public Library

Conversation about Dust Child at LA Public Library

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

Conversation with Thi Bui, hosted by Oakland Cultural Center

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

Conversation with Matthew Hoh, hosted by Veteran for Peace

Quế Mai's appearance on Friends and Fiction

Conversation with Subtle Asian Bookclub

Conversation with Megha Majumdar, hosted by University Bookstore

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