Quế Mai looks forward to meeting you - her precious reader - during her events. She has prepared unique performances of poetry and music and can't wait to enchant you at these forthcoming events:


Thurs 18 MAY, 7pm-8:30pm: FESTIVAL GALA, TRUE STORIES TOLD LIVE: IN REAL LIFE (Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre). Get your tickets here

Sat, 20 May 2023, 1:00pm – 2:30pm:  MASTERCLASS: OUR STORIES/OUR HERITAGE (Waihorotiu Room, Level 4, Aotea Centre). Get your tickets here

Sunday, 21 MAY, 10:00am – 11:00am: Presenting DUST CHILD, a conversation with novelist Paula Morris (Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre). Get your tickets here


Monday, 22 May, 2pm-4pm: MASTERCLASS: OUR STORIES, OUR HERITAGE, supported by Đất Nước Library (Footscray Community Arts Centre). Get your tickets here

Monday 22 May, 6:30-8pm: Presenting DUST CHILD, Quế Mai in conversation with award-winning  Vietnamese-Australian writer, journalist and critic Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, supported by Đất Nước Library (Footscray Community Arts Centre). Get your tickets here


Thu, 25 May, 8:00pm-9:15pm: STORYTELLING GALA: LETTERS TO THE FUTURE (Sydney Town Hall). Get your tickets here

Friday 26 May, 12 pm: BEGINNINGS: THE ART OF THE NOVEL: a reading (Carriageworks, Bay 24, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh). Details here

Fri, 26 May 2023, 2:00pm-3:00pm: ON WRITING: André Dao & Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai in conversation with Sheila Ngọc Phạm (Carriageworks, Track 8). Tickets here

Fri, 26 May 2023, 7:30pm-8:30pm: THE RHYTHM OF THE WORD, a poetry reading (Carriageworks, Track 8, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh). Tickets here

Sun, 28 May 2023, 11:30am-12:30pm: UNTOLD VIETNAMESE STORIES PANEL with André Dao (Anam), Tracey Lien (All That's Left Unsaid) and Sheila Ngọc Phạm about family secrets and reckoning with history through literature (Whitlam Library Cabramatta). Tickets here


Saturday 24 June: Ubud, Indonesia: in-person event with Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Transit Bookstore and Bookhive Indonesia. Details TBA


28 September - 1 October: Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden

4 October: House of Literature, Oslo, Norway 

5 October: House of Literature in Bergen, Norway



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 Trinity Ray, President of 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 since its publication. 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