Last Thursday we celebrated the US launch of Hong Kong Noir. And it almost didn’t happen as planned.
Chicago hit record-breaking cold temperatures the day of our planned Chicago event, so that was cancelled. Our New York event—where it was warmer, but still freezing—would carry on as scheduled. I just wasn’t sure I would make it from Chicago.
But after two canceled flights, I got a flight to JFK and arrived 4 hours before the event was to start.
I met contributor Tiffany Hawk and our friend Kara at this super cool Wyndham in Chinatown after the airbnb I’d booked for us lost heat. New York really goes out for the Lunar New Year.
The event itself couldn’t have gone smoother. Besides Tiffany Hawk, we also had Xu Xi and Carmen Suen represent the contributors of the book.
We had delicious appetizers from Hey Hey Canteen, my favorite Hong Kong comfort food restaurant in New York. The Museum of Chinese in America provided wine and a wonderful venue for our standing room event.
It was so great seeing so many friends and family members, all of whom braved the frigid temperatures that evening.
If you haven’t read Hong Kong Noir, it’s available on all online bookstores and through the publisher, Akashic Books.