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Recent Past Events (see below for archived events)

Keynote: Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy
Saturday June 08, 2024 12:00 - 11:59 am EDT
Recovery: LiterASIAN event at the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
Village Stories: From Family Trees to Origin Stories
Thursday May 02, 2024 2:00 - 3:45 pm EDT
Vancouver launch The Lost Century, with Rita Wong
Wednesday April 10, 2024 7:00 - 8:00 pm PDT
Vancouver, Canada
Circling Asianfuturisms: Edmond Chang and Larissa Lai in Conversation
Monday June 19, 2023 6:00 - 7:00 pm CEST
, Zoom (registration link)
The Knock at the Door: Utopian Dreams for post-COVID times
Tuesday May 23, 2023 - Wednesday May 24, 2023 12:00 - 11:59 am CEST
Huelva, Spain
Giller Power Panel
Wednesday May 17, 2023 7:00 - 7:00 pm EDT
, Zoom
Home as Utopia
Tuesday May 16, 2023 5:00 - 5:00 pm CEST
, Zoom (registration link)
Calgary Launch: The Lost Century
Thursday April 06, 2023 7:00 - 7:00 pm MDT
Calgary, Canada
Why I Write Historical Fiction
Thursday March 16, 2023 5:00 - 6:30 pm CET
Poethics: Maria Zambrano Fellowship
Wednesday February 22, 2023 5:00 - 6:30 pm CET
, Zoom - Register Here (Free)
Recuperando La Utopia
Wednesday December 14, 2022 8:00 - 8:00 pm CET
Huelva, Spain
Larissa at AugurCon: Creating Communities of Care
Saturday November 26, 2022 11:00 - 12:00 am EST
Insurgent Utopias seminar at University of Huelva
Thursday November 24, 2022 5:00 - 6:30 pm CET
, Zoom
A Partly Common Language: Roundtable on the Poetics Essay
Thursday November 17, 2022 12:30 - 12:30 pm PST
The Lost Century online book launch (Huelva)
Thursday October 27, 2022 5:00 - 6:30 pm CEST
The Magical Writer: QTIPOC Authors Dissect Magic Realism at VFA
Saturday October 01, 2022 3:30 - 4:45 pm PDT
Enlightened Histories: Larissa Lai & Shyam Selvadurai at TIFA
Thursday September 29, 2022 8:30 - 9:30 pm EDT
Toronto, Canada
Writing Historical Fiction, with Larissa Lai at TIFA
Wednesday September 28, 2022 5:30 - 7:00 pm EDT
Toronto, Canada
Larissa and Yusuf Saadi at SFU's Lunch Poems
Wednesday December 15, 2021 1:00 - 2:00 pm MST
Larissa reads at Flywheel Reading Series
Thursday May 13, 2021 6:30 - 6:30 pm MDT
Larissa talks about "Intersectionality, Feminism and Power"
Saturday May 01, 2021 1:00 - 2:00 pm MDT
Larissa takes over Arsenal's Twitter account for the day
Thursday April 22, 2021 12:00 - 11:59 am MDT
Larissa Reads at Planet Earth Poetry
Friday April 16, 2021 8:15 - 8:15 pm MDT
Larissa reads at Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Poetry Showcase
Thursday April 08, 2021 6:00 - 6:00 pm MDT
Toronto Launch of Iron Goddess of Mercy at the Koffler Centre
Thursday April 01, 2021 5:00 - 6:00 pm MDT
Larissa reads at the Dogwood Rose Reading Series
Sunday March 28, 2021 2:00 - 2:00 pm MDT
Larissa reads at the Surrey Muse
Friday March 26, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 pm MDT
Vancouver Launch of Iron Goddess of Mercy
Thursday March 18, 2021 7:00 - 7:00 pm MDT
Calgary Launch of Iron Goddess of Mercy
Tuesday March 16, 2021 7:00 - 7:00 pm MDT
Larissa Discusses Aging During a Pandemic
Tuesday February 23, 2021 7:00 - 8:30 pm MST
Larissa reads at Gessellschaft für Kanada-Studien
Friday February 19, 2021 12:00 - 2:00 pm MST
Larissa interviews Amanda Leduc
Tuesday February 16, 2021 5:00 - 5:00 pm MST
04 Feb
Thursday February 04, 2021 7:00 - 8:00 pm MST
Double Melancholy book launch
Tuesday May 21, 2019 7:00 - 8:30 pm MDT
Calgary, Canada
Festival of Literary Diversity: Imagi-nation
Saturday May 04, 2019 9:30 - 9:30 am EDT
Brampton, Canada
30 Mar
Saturday March 30, 2019 12:00 - 1:15 pm PDT
Portland, United States
Colour and Voice Reading Reries @ Capilano University
Wednesday February 27, 2019 1:00 - 2:00 pm PST
North Vancouver, Canada
Iron Goddess of Mercy: A Long Poem
Wednesday February 13, 2019 5:00 - 6:30 pm PST
Vancouver, Canada
23 Jan
Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:00 - 9:00 pm MST
Calgary, Canada
Launch of Roy Miki's "Flow"
Wednesday December 05, 2018 7:30 - 7:30 pm PST
Vancouver, Canada
25 Nov
Sunday November 25, 2018 2:00 - 2:00 pm MST
Calgary, Canada
17 Nov
Saturday November 17, 2018 7:30 - 7:30 pm GMT-0800
Victoria, Canada
Future Shock reading with Larissa Lai and Rabindranath Maharaj
Wednesday November 14, 2018 7:00 - 7:00 pm PST
Vancouver, Canada
Glad Day Bookshop reading
Saturday November 10, 2018 5:15 - 5:15 pm EST
Toronto, Canada
Tiger Flu pre-launch, with Vivek Shraya & Amber Dawn
Monday September 10, 2018 7:00 - 8:30 pm GMT-0600
Calgary, Canada
21 Mar
Saturday March 21, 2015 1:00 - 3:00 pm GMT-0800
Calgary, Canada
19 Mar
Thursday March 19, 2015 7:00 - 7:00 pm GMT-0800
Calgary, Canada
07 Mar
Saturday March 07, 2015 9:30 - 6:30 am GMT-0800
Toronto, Canada
03 Mar
Tuesday March 03, 2015 7:00 - 9:00 pm GMT-0800
Calgary, Canada
Paper Hearts: A Valentine's Day Roundtable
Saturday February 14, 2015 - Sunday February 15, 2015 5:30 - 1:00 pm GMT-0800
Calgary, Canada
29 Jun
Saturday June 29, 2013 7:00 - 7:00 pm GMT-0800
Vancouver, bc,
13 Feb
Wednesday February 13, 2013 7:30 - 7:30 pm GMT-0800
Vancouver, Canada
25 Feb
Saturday February 25, 2012 7:00 - 10:00 pm GMT-0800
Vancouver, bc,
13 Oct
Thursday October 13, 2011 5:00 - 6:30 pm GMT-0800
Vancouver, Canada

Archived Events:

Literary Readings

The Poetics and Ethics of "Living With" Symposium, Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de Littérature Canadienne, Banff Centre, October 2018.

WordFest, Calgary, October 2018.

Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene, Marsaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, October 2018.

Dick Lit, Wordfest Calgary, Memorial Park Public Library, April 2018.

Joshua Whitehead Booklaunch, Shelf Life Books, Calgary, April 2018.

AtTension, Luma Quarterly Launch, Lougheed House, Calgary, February 2018.

a.c.t./ art. community. transformation, Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia, January 2018.

Nikki Sheppy Booklaunch, Loft 112, Calgary, October 2017.

Chinatown Tour with Dale Lee Kwong, Chinatown Calgary, August 2017.

Asian American Literary Festival, Poetry Magazine Reading, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, July 2017.

Woolf's Voices, Calgary, February 2017.

Festival of Readers, St. Catharine's, October 2016.

Friday Night at the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, October 2016.

Floor Nine Salon Series: Pacific Postmodern, Asia Pacific Foundation, Vancouver, July 2016.

ACQL Awards Ceremony Reading, Escalus Room, University of Calgary, May 2016.

Brockton Reading Series, Toronto, May 2016.

Rower's Reading Series, Toronto, May 2016.

Live Lit Hamilton, Hamilton, April 2016.

The Liar Launch, Our Own Cafe, Vancouver, April 2016. (Guest of Honour)

Department of English, McMaster University, Hamilton, March 2016.

St. Jerome's Reading Series, Waterloo, March 2016.

Poetry London, London, Ontario, March 2016.

Way Back When, Loft 112, Calgary, November 2014.

Flywheel Reading Series, Pages in Kensington, Calgary, November 2014.

Calgary Poet Laureate's Reading, Loft 112, Calgary, August 2014.

International Writers Festival, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, April 2014.

In Flux, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, March 2014.

Litany: Queer Reading Series, Vancouver, November 2013.

People's Co-op Books, Vancouver, June 2013.

University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, March 2013.

Five Elements, Native Writers' Collective, Rhizome, Vancouver February 2013.

The Surrey Muse, Surrey Public Library, Surrey, September 2012.

"Nascent Fashion" (jazz collaboration), Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, May 2012.

Faculty Reading, Banff Writing Studio, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, May 2012.

Edita 2012, Punta Umbria, Spain, May 2012.

Queerasian Reading, Rhizome Cafe, Vancouver, October 2011.

City of Women Reading, Cafe Montmartre, Vancouver, September 2011.

Qinghai Lake International Poetry Festival, Xinghai, China, August 2011.

Influency Reading Series, Toronto, April 2011.

Pivot Reading Series, Toronto, April 2011.

Campus Author Recognition Program. University of Guelph Library, Guelph, March 2011.

AvantGarden Reading Series. The Ossington, Toronto, March 2011.

Writer-in-Residence Talk and Reading. School for English and Theatre Studies. University of Guelph. February 2011.

Under the Volcano. Cates Park, North Vancouver/Whey-Ah-Wichen, Tseil-Waututh Nation, August 2010.

The Wired Monk. (With Sheila James.) Vancouver, April 2010.

A Poetry Reading: Occupying Minds. (In conjunction with The Pavilion Project by Holly Ward.) Langara College, Vancouver, April 2010.

In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, February 2010.

Pages on Kensington (Calgary launch for Automaton Biographies), Calgary, February 2010.

W2 Real Vancouver Writers and Culture Series, W2, Vancouver, February 2010.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy, Floata Seafood Restaurant, Vancouver, January 2010.

Nomados Reading, W2, Vancouver, January 2010.

Rhizome Cafe (book launch for Automaton Biographies), Vancouver, November 2009.

Respondency West, Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, October 2009.

Short Line Reading Series, The Railway Club, Vancouver, September 2009.

Page One Writers’ Group, Deer Lake, Newfoundland, July 2009.

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego, July 2009.

1067 Granville Street (book launch for Eggs in the Basement), Vancouver, May 2009

Het Oeverloze Eiland, Ghent, Belgium, April 2009.

Short Line Reading Series, The Railway Club, Vancouver, November 2008.

Little Sisters Bookstore, Vancouver, October 2008.

Vienna-Vancouver: Transatlantic Conversations. Green College, UBC, Vancouver. September 2008

Negotiating Diversity: Transatlantic Exchanges Between Canada and Europe, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, April 2007.

Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, March 2007.

Serial Accomodations: Diasporic Asian Women’s Writing, University of British Columbia, March 2007.

Simon Fraser Writer-in-Residence Program (Gala Reading and Interview), Western Front, March 2006.

Simon Fraser University Women’s Centre, March 2006.

Simon Fraser University (Class Visit), February 2006.

Simon Fraser University Special Collections, February 2006.

Simon Fraser University Writer-in-Resdience Program (Reception for my residency), Segal Centre, February


Keystone Books, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2005.

West Coast Poetry Festival, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, July 2005.

TransCanada Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, June 2005.

West Coast Lai,” Spec. Issue of West Coast Line (Launch), Honey Lounge, Vancouver, June 2005.

Beyond Autoethnography Conference, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, March 2005.

Citizenship Colloquium, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, March 2005.

Flywheel, McNally Robinson Books, Calgary, January 2005.

Pages Bookstore, Calgary, November 2004.

Launch of new edition of When Fox Is a Thousand, Honey Lounge, Vancouver, November 2004.

Launch of new edition of When Fox Is a Thousand, Toronto Women’s Bookstore, Toronto, November 2004.

Filling Station Magazine Launch, Calgary, October 2004.

Launch of new edition of When Fox Is a Thousand, McNally Robinson Books, Calgary, September 2004.

Flywheel Reading Series, McNally Robinson Books, Calgary, September 2004.

Clarion West, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, July 2004.

Kennedy Institute, Berlin, June 2004.

Café Caspar, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, June 2004.

University of Jena, Jena, June 2004.

Phillips Universitat Marburg, Marburg, June 2004.

University of Trier, Trier, June 2004.

Asian Heritage Month, Calgary, May 2004.

Girls Who Bite Back Launch, Vancouver, May 2004.

Women and New Media Conference (Keynote Reading), The Guild Complex, Chicago, April 2004.

Graduate Student Conference, University of Victoria, March 2004.

Special Collections, Simon Fraser University, March 2004.

Sybil Unrest,” with Rita Wong, at Thirteen Ways of Looking at Poetry and Politics, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, February 2004.

Filling Station Launch, Calgary, January 2004.

Central University, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2003.

Asian Heritage Month, Montreal, May 2003.

Hong Kong International Literary Festival (Reading and two panel discussions), Hong Kong SAR, PRC, March 2003.

IntraNation Conference, Vancouver, November 2002.

Banff Distinguished Author Series, with Louise de Bernieres, Paulette Jiles and David Malouf, WordFest, Banff, October 2002.

On Edge Reading Series (Salt Fish Girl Launch), Performance Works, with Rajinderpal S. Pal, October 2002.

Art Gallery of Calgary (Salt Fish Girl Launch), with Rajinderpal S. Pal, September 2002.

Slant Launch, Hop in Brew, Calgary, October 2001.

Scream in High Park, Toronto, July 2002.

Dandelion Launch, Pages Bookstore, Calgary, June 2002.

Lotus Roots Conference, The Roundhouse, Vancouver, April 2002.

The Puppet Theatre, Norwich, England, April 2001.

Cafe Writers, Norwich, England, February 2001.

Cafe Visage, Hong Kong, July 2000.

Mother Kali Books, Brisbane, Australia, June 2000.

Re-inventing Identity conference, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, June 2000.

The Ship Inn, St. John’s, Newfoundland, May 1999.

Making History, Constructing Race conference, University of Victoria, October 1998.

Chinook Park Elementary, Calgary, May 1998.

Asian Heritage Month, The Citadel, Edmonton, May 1998.

Grad Lounge, English Department, University of Calgary, May 1998.

Asian Heritage Month, The Grind, Vancouver, May 1998.

Another Raw Read, CJSW, Calgary, May 1998.

Java Sharks, Calgary, May 1998.

Filling Station launch, Truck Gallery, Calgary, March 1998.

English Literature Student Society cabaret, Blue Banana Lounge, University of Calgary, March 1998.

Alberta Writer's Guild, Michelangelo's Cafe, Calgary, March 1998.

Humanities Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, February 1998.

Grant McEwan College, Edmonton, February 1998.

Alberta College of Art and Design, November 1997.

Bob Edward's Luncheon, Calgary, November 1997.

Literary Kaleidescope, Calgary, November 1997.

Socrates Corner, Calgary, November 1997.

Grad Lounge, English Department, University of Calgary, November 1997.

Write Out West, Vancouver, November 1997.

Chilliwack Library, Chilliwack, November 1997.

Maple Ridge Library, Maple Ridge, November 1997.

George Mackie Library, Delta, November 1997.

Douglas College, November 1997.

Prince of Wales Elementary (Reading and writers’ workshops), Calgary, October 1997.

Louise Riley Public Library, Calgary, October 1997.

Department of Canadian Heritage, Ottawa, October 1997.

Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers’ Programme, Engineered Air Theatre, Calgary, October 1997.

CJSW, Calgary, October 1997.

Prairie Asians, C-Spot Cafe, Grande Prairie, September 1997.

Prairie Asians, Grande Prairie Regional College, September 1997.

Prairie Asians, Frank Slide, Crow's Nest Pass, September 1997.

Prairie Asians, Japanese Classical Gardens, Lethbridge, September 1997.

Young Authors' Conference (Reading and workshop), Surrey, May 1997.

WAVAW Benefit, Vancouver, May 1997.

B.C. Festival of the Arts, Powell River, May 1997.

Write Out West (pre-conference event), The Whip, Vancouver, May 1997.

Teslin Public Library, Teslin, May 1997.

Watson Lake Public Library, Watson Lake, May 1997.

Young Authors Conference, Whitehorse, May 1997.

Yukon Writers Festival, Whitehorse, May 1997.

The Web Cafe, Vancouver, April 1997.

The Lotus, Vancouver, March 1997.

Queer FM, CITR, Vancouver, March 1997.

Women in View, Vancouver, February 1997.

Mount Elizabeth High School, Kitimat, February 1997.

Mount Elizabeth Theatre, Kitimat, February 1997.

Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, December 1996.

Sandpiper Books, Calgary, November 1996.

Lesbian Writers Series, Los Angeles, November 1996.

The Writing Centre, La Jolla, November 1996.

Kootenay School of Writing, Nelson, November 1996.

Asian American Writers Workshop, New York, November 1996.

Astraea Foundation Gala, A Different Light, New York, October 1996.

Vancouver International Writers Festival, Vancouver, October 1996.

Wordfest, Banff, October 1996.

Burnaby North High School, Burnaby, October 1996.

Word on the Street, Vancouver, September 1996.

Westwood Mall, Coquitlam, September 1996.

Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Sechelt, August 1996.

Chapters Bookstore, Richmond, August 1996.

Powell Street Festival, Vancouver, August 1996.

Shawnigan Lake Writers Festival, Shawnigan Lake, July 1996.

Canadian Booksellers Association Reading, Vancouver, June1996.

Dykewords, Vancouver, June 1996.

Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award Ceremony (nominee), Toronto, May 1996.

Asian Heritage Month Festival, Toronto, May 1996.

The Sleepless Goat, Kingston, May 1996.

Mother Tongue Books, Ottawa, April 1996.

A Different Light, San Francisco, April 1996.

West Berkeley Women's Books, Berkeley, April 1996.

Mother Kali's Books, Eugene, April 1996.

In Other Words, Portland, April 1996.

Pacific Contact, Vancouver, March 1996.

Women in Print, Vancouver, March 1996.

Red and Black Books, Seattle, November 1995.

Village Books, Bellingham, November 1995.

Radio Free Women, CITR, November 1995.

"Redeye," Vancouver Co-operative Radio, November 1995.

"Feminine Hijinks," CITR, October 1995.

Lotusland (Chinese-Canadian Writers and Artists), Harry's, Vancouver, June 1995.

Dykewords, The Lotus, Vancouver, May 1995.

Western Front, Vancouver, May 1995.

International Lesbian Week, The Lotus, Vancouver, February 1994.

Heroines in Black Boots, Women in View, W.I.S.E. Hall, Vancouver, January 1994.

Racy Sexy, Native Education Centre, Sunset Community Centre, Carnagie Centre, Vancouver, December 1993.

Brittania Centre, Vancouver, April 1993.

Words to Share, Burnaby Municipal Library, Vancouver, April 1993.

Burnaby Central High School, Vancouver, April 1993.

The Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, April 1993.

Ping's Cafe, Vancouver, April 1993.

Simon Fraser Bookstore, Vancouver, November 1992.

Octopus Books, Vancouver, October 1992.

National Book Week, Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, Vancouver, March 1992.

Self Not Whole, Chinese Cultural Centre, Vancouver, November 1991.

Launch of Many-Mouthed Birds, the Rivoli, Toronto, November 1991.

International Women's Day, La Quena, Vancouver, March 1990.

International Book Week, Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, Vancouver, April 1989. Later broadcast on "Performance" on Co-op Radio.

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