Events and Appearances

Scarsdale 3After wrapping up an extensive round of speaking engagements to celebrate the release of The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, Dori is an experienced and popular speaker at conferences, bookstores, book clubs, museums, libraries, and schools and is also available via skype.  

To inquire about scheduling an event, click on "Contact" above. For recommendations from teachers and librarians about Dori's speaking experience, click here. For speaking fees, click here. 

Upcoming speaking engagements:

February 2, 2019:  Washington State Council for the Social Studies, K-8 conference, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA

May 21:             Focus week speaker, International Community School, Kirkland, WA

BrickMortar DoriPrevious appearances:

Jan. 25, 2019 Write-a-Book Club at an Indianapolis high school, author talk via Google Hangouts

Nov. 8        P.E.O. chapter author/book talk, Issaquah, WA

October 6     Princeton University She Roars conference, panel "She Writes: Finding Your Voice and Breaking into the Writing World," Princeton, NJ

April 30      Adventures in History class, Bellevue, WA

April 23      Eastside Catholic School, three talks to all middle school students, Sammamish, WA

April 17      Junior League Book Club, Kalamazoo, MI

April 10      Adventures in History class, Sammamish, WA

April 7        Kin On/Asian Seniors Concerns Foundation talk, Bellevue, WA

Feb 25, 2018    Issaquah Costco book signing event

Dec. 14, 2017   Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, Kirkland, WA, fifth graders

Dec. 11          Stevenson Elementary School, all fourth and fifth graders

Dec. 8           Oregon Episcopal School, talks with sixth grade classes about Daughter of Xanadu

Nov. 14           Islander Middle School, sixth grade language arts classes

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

Nov. 6            Seminar for K-12 educators, East Asia Resource Center, University of Washington, Seattle

Nov. 6            Tillicum Middle School, Bellevue, WA

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

Nov. 3            Somerset Elementary, Bellevue, WA, all fifth grades (175 students)

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

Oct. 31           Book talk at Saint Peter's University, Jersey City, N.J.

Oct. 30            BelovED Community Charter School, Jersey City, N.J., all 7th grade classes

Oct. 28            Public talk at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York

Oct. 26            Robert F. Wagner Middle School, Manhattan, all sixth grades (450 students)

Oct. 25            Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, N.Y., all fifth grades, 66 students

Nobles 2 cropped and brightenedOct. 24            Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., Upper School Chinese classes

Oct. 23            Yung Wing Elementary School, Manhattan, N.Y. all fourth and fifth grades, 240 students

Oct. 21            Cary Memorial Library,  Lexington, MA. Public book talk about The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

Oct. 20            Joseph Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington, MA, all fifth grades, more than 100 students

Oct. 19            Noble and Greenough School, Dedham MA, Middle and Upper School Chinese classes

Oct. 18            Maria Hastings Elementary School, Lexington, MA, all fifth grades, 99 students

Oct. 17            Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, Hadley, MA, all eighth graders, 45 students

Oct. 16            Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT, Talk on Chinese Educational Mission. Open to the public

Cary-booksigning-edited-for-webOct. 16            Charter Oak International Academy, West Hartford, CT, all fifth grades, 66 students

Oct. 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.

Oct, 8              Chinese Historical Society of America 2017 national conference, panel on "Excavating History." 4 p.m. San Francisco Hilton Hotel.

Sept. 27            Webinar with Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Northampton, MA,  on The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

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

Talk at OES October 2015 for webOctober 18       Oregon Episcopal School, talk about Daughter of Xanadu to four sixth grade classes, fifth year in a row

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 VeniceParkplace Books, Kirkland, WA

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

April 21              Book talk & reception for Voices of the Second WaveWing 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

November 10     Presentation to Mandarin classes, Cleveland High School, Seattle

October 24        Ladies' book club talk, First Presbyterian Church, Youngstown, Ohio

October 20        Books talks with students, Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, Ohio

October 17        Talk at Mercer Island Historical Society, Mercer Island, WA

October 10        Presentation and classroom talks with students, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, Oregon

October 8         "Fall at the Mall" presentation for Kitsap Regional Library, Kitsap Mall, Silverdale, WA

October 4          Private book club, "Chick Lits," New Canaan, CT, via skype

October 1          Panel on Multicultural Children's Books, Northwest Bookfest, Kirkland, WA

June 24             Presentation at Leisure World Creative Writers' Club, Seal Beach, CA

June 18             Panel discussion and booksigning at Historical Novel Society Conference, San Diego, CA

June 17             Booksigning, Yellow Book Road, San Diego, CA

June 14             Private book club event, Beaux Arts, WA

June 7               Talk at  Olympic View Middle School, Mukilteo, WA

May 24             Talks at World History classes, Highline High School, Burien, WA

May 20             Talks at Chinese and ESL classes, The Northwest School, Seattle

May 6                Washington State Young Adult Review Group (Evergreen WASHYARG) quarterly meeting

April 26             Wine & Conversation, Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe, Washington, D.C.

April 26              Classroom presentations, Maret School, Washington, D.C.

April 16              SCBWI-WW annual conference, Published Attendee celebration and signing, Redmond, WA

April 13              Book club discussion of Daughter of Xanadu, Bellevue, WA

April 2                Signing, Issaquah Costco

March 29           Wine & Conversation with the author, The Red House, Renton, WA

March 23           Talk & Reading, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

March 17           Talk with teen book club, Bothell Library, King County Library System

March 15           Presentation & Reading, Village Books, Bellingham, WA

March 10           Talk at Tillicum Middle School, Bellevue, WA

March 5             Signing at "Literary Lions Gala,"Bellevue Public Library

March 3             Talk at "Read Across America" event at Evergreen Junior High School, Redmond, WA

March 3             Talk at "Read Across America" event at Holy Family Parish School, Kirkland, WA

Feb. 17              Talk at "Book Fest" at Eastside Catholic School, Sammamish, WA

Feb. 15              Talk at "Love Your Library Week" at Forest Ridge School, Bellevue, WA

Feb. 12              Presentation & reading, Island Books, Mercer Island, WA

Feb. 5                Presentation, Search for Meaning Book Festival, Seattle University  

Feb. 3                Presentation & reading, Powell's Books, Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, OR

Jan. 16, 2011     Presentation & Reading, Elliott Bay Book Co., Seattle, WA

Jan. 15, 2011     Book Launch Party for Daughter of XanaduParkplace Books, Kirkland, WA

Oct. 29, 2010     Newport High School, four AP World History classes, talk on the Mongol Empire and its long-term effects on Europe

Oct. 27, 2010     The Inside Story, SCBWI-WW event celebrating new books by 18 local authors and illustrators, Parkplace Books, Kirkland

May 17, 2010    Talk on Marco Polo, Mercer Island Historical Society

Nov. 8, 2006      Talk on "Building Bridges Between East and West" AAUW Bellevue