Events and Appearances

Now planning fall speaking engagements to celebrate the release of "The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball," Dori is a popular speaker at conferences, bookstores, book clubs, and schools and is also available via skype. She is offering all public school visits for FREE through the end of 2017. To inquire about scheduling an event, click on "Contact" above. For recommendations from teachers and librarians about Dori's speaking experience, click here.

Standard speaking fees: 

     -  In person: $150 for one-hour talk to group. $400 for all day, normally one large-group talk plus 2-4 classroom visits. Plus expenses (mileage, hotel) if school is more than two-hour drive from Kirkland, WA.

      - Via skype or other computer connection: $150 for a 50-60-minute skype visit.  Other formats and session lengths negotiable. 

Upcoming speaking engagements:

STEM 1 lo resSept. 27            Webinar with Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Northampton, MA,  on The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball and the boys of the Chinese Educational Mission, 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. Free! To join,  register here:

October 8           Chinese Historical Society of America 2017 national conference, panel on "Excavating History." 4 p.m. San Francisco Hilton Hotel, Financial District. Register here.

October 14         National Consortium for Teaching about Asia seminar for educators, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, organized by Five College Center for East Asian Studies. For K-12 educators who have registered.

October 16         Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford, CT, Talk on Chinese Educational Mission, starts at 5:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Oct. 18 - 20        School visits, Massachusetts, including Noble & Greenough School, Maria Hastings Elementary, and Joseph Estabrook Elementary School

Oct, 21              Cary Memorial Library1874 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA. Book talk about The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, 2 p.m. Open to the public.

Oct.23-27           School visits, New York, including Yung Wing Elementary School.

Oct. 28                Public talk at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), 215 Centre St., New York, NY 10013, starts at 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 2                 Book club visit, Islander Middle School, Mercer Island, WA

Nov. 3                 Eastlake High School book club, Sammamish, WA

Nov. 6                 Seminar for K-12 educators, East Asia Resource Center, University of Washington, Seattle, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7                 Jing Mei Chinese immersion elementary school, Bellevue, WA

Pub Day Dori PSEPrevious appearances:

Sept. 18            Louise Boren STEM K-8 School visit, Seattle

Sept. 10            Book launch for The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, Island Books, Mercer Island.

Sept. 9              Booksigning at Book Tree, Kirkland, WA ,

Aug, 26, 2017        Book launch for The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, Brick & Mortar Books, Redmond.

Oct, 25, 2016        Talk about Daughter of Xanadu and sixth-grade class visits, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR, sixth consecutive year

May 28              Princeton University Alumni-Faculty Forum "Books that Changed Your Life"

February 19      Columbus School for Girls, skype discussion of Daughter of Xanadu (see recommendations)

January 12, 2016   Eastlake High School Book Club, Sammamish, WA (see recommendations)

November 3, 2015     Talk at The Bookworm bookstore in Beijing

October 18       Oregon Episcopal School, talk about Daughter of Xanadu to four sixth grade classes, fifth year in a row

Talk at OES October 2015 for web

May 8               Eton School, Bellevue, talk on The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang for 4th and 5th graders.

March 14:         Champagne Book Club, Bellevue, Daughter of Xanadu.

Feb. 28             Skype talk, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, Ohio.

Feb. 24             Presentation on Daughter of Xanadu for 6th grade, Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle.

Dec. 2013 - Jan. 2014  Series of six writing classes for 5th graders, Open Window School, Bellevue, WA.

Oct. 23, 2013   Talk about Daughter of Xanadu and class visits at Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR.

April 26             Independent Book Publishers Association "Publishing University" 2013 conference, panel called "Beyond the Click: There's More to Publishing Than Uploading a File."

April 16             Talk on "Making History Come Alive" at Cascade Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Bellevue, WA

March 11           Presentation on Daughter of Xanadu at Jewish Day School of Seattle

Mar. 11, 2013    Skype talk with Form VII students at Columbus School for Girls, Ohio

Dec. 14, 2012   Speaker at Newport High School Chinese Club, Bellevue, WA

Dec.8                Book Bash celebration with Brenda Peterson and other Seattle writers, Two Cranes Aikido, Seattle

Dec.7                Book club discussion of Voices of the Second Wave, Bellevue, WA

Dec. 6                International Examiner NW APA Reader's Choice Awards gala, winner of 2012 "Favorite Local Author/Writer" award, Seattle

Nov. 5                Talks with students, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR

Sept. 28             Library talk, Cleveland High School, Seattle, WA

Sept. 13             Presentation at Library of Congress on Voices of the Second Wave, Washington, D.C.

Sept. 14             "Harvesting Life Stories" talk at Ginger Cove, Annapolis, MD

August 15          Book club discussion of Son of Venice, Bellevue, WA

July 12               Book launch celebration for Son of Venice, Parkplace Books, Kirkland, WA


June 15             Book launch celebration for Son of Venice, Island Books, Mercer Island, WA

April 21              Book talk & reception for Voices of the Second Wave, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, 4 p.m.

April 19              Presentation on Daughter of Xanadu at Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle

March 5             Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools Librarians Conference, teacher/author talk with Toni Holmberg of Oregon Episcopal School, on coordinating Daughter of Xanadu with Silk Road curriculum.

March 2             "Read Across America" book signing at Parkplace Books, Kirkland, for The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang. Theme: stopping bullying.

January 15         Chinese-language TV interview on Voices of the Second Wave, on AAT TV, Seattle area local television station

Jan. 13, 2012     Presentation about Daughter of Xanadu to students, Rainier Beach High School, Seattle

Dec. 15, 2011     Presentation to world history students, Liberty High School, Issaquah, WA