Aimee Liu

Novelist, Essayist, Teacher

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Aimee Liu

Recent Appearances/Events

Date Venue Address
Date: October 10, 2023
11:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Wilshire Country Club Address: 301 N. Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Notes: I'm most grateful to the century-old women's club Play Review Group for hosting this book luncheon for Glorious Boy! Please RSVP to and say you are a friend of mine. Dress code is country club lunch, and tickets for the lunch are $65 per person. I hope to see you there!
Date: October 1, 2023
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: LA Guild for Reproductive Health Address:
Beverly Hills, CA
Notes: "Meet the Author" evening with Aimee Liu $40 per person benefits LA Guild for Reproductive Health Space extremely limited. RSVP at
Date: September 10, 2023
6:00pm -
Venue: ForeWord Prose-writing Retreat in Megeve, France Address:
Notes: A Luxurious Writing Retreat for Fiction & Nonfiction Writers in Megève, France September 10 - 16, 2023 Enjoy a peaceful and productive week with Aimee Liu in a luxurious high mountain chalet in the Haute-Savoie region of France, one hour from Geneva. Each day will begin with an intensive writing workshop focused on fiction or nonfiction. We will discuss two participants’ work each morning (up to 5,000 words submitted in advance of the conference). In addition, Aimee will schedule an individual half-hour session to discuss your work after your workshop. Apply here:
Date: June 26, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Zibby's Bookshop Address: 1113 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Notes: Join Loren Stephens, author of All Sorrows Can Be Borne, in person with Aimee Liu, author of Glorious Boy. Loren and Aimee will be discussing the themes of Motherhood & Sacrifice, which both these novels have in common.
Date: May 3, 2023
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: LiveTalks LA Address: William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Arts Station 2525 Michigan Ave E-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Notes: Award-winning author Abraham Verghese in conversation with Aimee Liu discussing his novel, The Covenant of Water Virtual AND in person. Tickets required: (Free parking available at the venue)
Date: April 22, 2023
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: LA Times Book Festival-Fiction Panel Address: USC Taper Hall 201
Los Angeles, CA
Notes: Siblings and Survivors--Panel 1115 Moderated by Aimee Liu Tickets Required Unflinchingly honest and bursting with heartbreak, these novels give an intimate look into the struggles, losses, and dreams of people doing whatever it takes to survive. Whether they’re fighting against their captors, moving to America for a better life, nightcrawling to support those in need, or banding together in the face of loss, the characters in these novels will stick with you long after the final page. Tickets required:
Date: April 24, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: LA Times Book Festival Address: USC campus, Selley G Mudd 124
Los Angeles CA
Notes: I'm so excited to be moderating a fiction panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: "Writing from History" with these incredible authors-- Reyna Grande Juhea Kim Vanessa Hua, and Tom Grattan. Angelenos, mark your calendar to join us IN PERSON!
Date: March 24, 2022
9:00am EDT - 10:00am EDT
Venue: AWP Writers Conference ONLINE Address:
Notes: If you're registered for the AWP Community of Writers conference, please join me virtually for this one, along with Donna Hemans Jennifer Steil Keenan Norris and Janet Benton, as we talk about the challenge of staying true to a distant time, place, and culture when writing about far-flung worlds.
Date: January 29, 2022
12:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: Carlsbad City Library Address: 1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Notes: This FREE in-person event features presentations by book club favorite authors: Jenna Blum, Georgie Blalock, Rich Farrell, Nicola Harrison, Aimee Liu, Jan Moran, Isla Morley, Kaira Rouda, Judith Teitelman, and Wendy Voorsanger, an interactive game of book bingo, and fun prizes, and all you have to do is show up (and why not invite your book club friends and fellow readers to join in as well) to learn about great new reads to add to your to be read list).
Date: December 1, 2021
4:00pm PST - 5:30pm PST
Venue: Book Bingo (My Story, The Memoir): a Virtual Adventure Address: Virtual
Notes: This free event features presentations by book club favorite authors: Jenna Blum, Aimee Liu, Susan May, Lilly Dancyger, Laura Davis, and Amy Wallen,discussing their intimate memoirs! Also: an interactive virtual game of bingo, and fun prizes. All you have to do is show up (and why not invite your book club friends and fellow readers to join in as well) to learn about great new reads!
Date: August 15, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Diesel Books in Brentwood Address: Brentwood Country Mart 225 26th Street, Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Notes: Join Aimee At Diesel Books in Brentwood for their first IN PERSON event this year as we celebrate 8 authors who were brought together through Lockdown Literature. We'll be gathering outside but of course we do please request that everyone wears masks. Thank you! Lockdown Literature is a group of authors with books published during the coronavirus pandemic who have banded together to support one another and spread the word about these books. We want to shine a light on 8 of these incredible books and their authors and we hope you'll join us!
Date: June 27, 2021
11:30amCT - 12:30pmCT
Venue: Historical Novel Society Conference #2 Address:
Notes: SHAKING UP TIME AND PLACE: HISTORICAL CHARACTERS IN UNFAMILIAR CULTURES Janet Fitch, Aimee Liu, Jennifer Steil, Liza Nash Taylor When writing about characters who migrate from one country to another, or characters native to a foreign land, historical novelists face a complicated cultural balancing act. We must fuse research on historical events with accurate, time-period correct portraits of foreign cultures. But how do we simultaneously convey both culture shock and rich and complex societies? How can writers employ the conflict and tension inherent in cultural transition? Perhaps most critical of all, how do we earn the right to tell these stories, when we ourselves are not native to the lands and the ethnicities we are fictionally inhabiting?
Date: June 25, 2021
9:00amCT - 10:00amCT
Venue: Historical Novel Society Conference #1 Address:
Notes: CREATING CHARACTERS WHO BELONG WHERE YOU PUT THEM Janet Benton, Nicole Galland, Aimee Liu, Jennifer Steil One of the hardest things about writing stories set in the past can be creating female characters with real agency, given how little agency women have historically been allowed. How do we balance creating a believable woman of the time with giving her the agency necessary to make her interesting and to achieve what a narrative requires of her? This is just one of the challenges we will discuss in this panel about how to create context-sensitive characters who are believable in a given fictional world, characters who don’t feel anachronistic.
Date: April 27, 2021
6:00pm PT - 7:00pm PT
Venue: Book Passage Address: Virtual
Notes: Aimee will be chatting about Glorious Boy with Book Passage's own Meet The Author book group! Check back for details, or contact Book Passage in Corte Madera and ask about their Meet the Author book group.
Date: April 25, 2021
11:00amET - 12:00pmET
Venue: Newburyport Lit Festival Address:
Notes: The Allure of the Untold Story Authors Aimee Liu and Jennifer Steil discuss how they found untold stories from World War II and transformed these parts of history into their recent novels, Glorious Boy and Exile Music. They will discuss how they went about researching their books, how they solved the toughest challenges they encountered, why they chose to center their books on certain characters, how they created the narrative structures of their books, their writing processes, and the surprises they encountered along the way. They’ll also talk about diving deeply into place in order to bring to life an overlooked part of the world.
Date: April 21, 2021
6:00pm PT - 7:00pm PT
Venue: Book Passage Conversations with Authors Address: Virtual
Notes: A conversation between Aimee and her former MFA student JoAnne Tompkins, author of the brilliant new novel What Comes After, published by Riverhead. Check back for details, or contact Book Passage.
Date: March 6, 2021
1:30pm CT - 2:30pm CT
Venue: 2021 AWP Conference Address: Virtual
Notes: Fierce L.A. Women Write Stories that Change the Paradigm, Sponsored by Red Hen Press: A Panel discussion with authors Aimee Bender, Lisa Teasley, Susan Straight, and Dana Johnson, moderated by Aimee Liu Open to all registered AWP attendees:
Date: February 24, 2021
4:00pm PT - 5:00pm PT
Venue: OTIS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN Address: Virtual
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Notes: Public Reading & Conversation with Aimee Liu as part of the Otis College MFA Writing Program Visiting Author Series. Please register for this online event in advance by following this link: Once registered, you will receive an event invitation and link to admission. RSVP NOW Open to the Public This event is free!
Date: February 23, 2021
4:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET
Venue: New York Writers Workshop Writers Series Address: Virtual
Notes: Host Christina Chiu will discuss ideas of beauty and identity with authors Aimee Liu, Artress Bethany White, Sergio Troncoso, and Sahar Mustafah. Please join us on Facebook @ New York Writers Workshop
Date: November 19, 2020
11:00am ET - 12:30pm ET
Venue: Central European University Address:
Notes: Dr.Arunima Bhattacharya to lecture on Aimee Liu’s ‘Glorious Boy’ in the Context of Anthropological Documentation and the Consolidation of the Indian Nation State (European NetIAS Lecture Series) [Aimee Liu will not be speaking at this event]
Date: November 18, 2020
2:00pm ET - 3:00pm ET
Venue: Authors Guild Marketplace Webinar Address:
Notes: Manuscript to Marketplace: Glorious Boy with Aimee Liu, Megan Beatie, Dr. Kate Gale, and Fauzia Burke. Novelist Aimee Liu and members of her publishing team will discuss the process of creating and publishing Liu’s novel Glorious Boy, revealing how this manuscript made it to the marketplace and met the many obstacles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. FREE Register here:
Date: October 25, 2020
12:00pm PT - 1:30pm PT
Venue: Red Hen Press Virtual Benefit Address:
Notes: Aimee will be a Featured Author, along with Allison Joseph and Maurice Carlos Ruffin..
Date: October 3, 2020
5:00pm PT - 6:00pm PT
Venue: Singapore Literature Festival Address:
Notes: "Revolutionary Family Histories" Aimee Liu moderates a panel discussion with novelists Elaine Castillo (America Is Not My Heart) and Meira Chand (A Different Sky ) Co-presented by Adelphi University's MFA Program and Soapbox Series
Date: September 21, 2020
5:00pm PT - 6:00pm PT
Venue: Skylight Books + Consequence Magazine Address:
Notes: Writing For Peace An International Peace Day Conversation on the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII With award-winning novelists Aimee Liu, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, and Sherri L. Smith Sponsored by Consequence Magazine
Date: August 27, 2020
7:00pm ET - 8:00pm ET
Venue: New York Writers Workshop Address:
Notes: Women's Perspectives on WWII Readings and conversation with novelists Aimee Liu and Annette Binder and memoirist Sandell Morse, moderated by Christina Chiu Link to event:
Date: July 19, 2020
2:00pm PT - 3:00pm PT
Notes: "Adventures by the Book" - VIRTUAL Author panel: Aimee Liu, Megan Miranda, Kristin Rockaway Go to:
Date: July 19, 2020
3:00pm ET - 4:00pm ET
Venue: Politics & Prose Live! Address:
Notes: Donna Hemans and Aimee Liu discuss each of their new books, "Tea by the Sea" and "Glorious Boy."
Date: July 16, 2020
4:00pm PT - 5:00pm PT
Venue: Huntington Beach Library Address:
Notes: Join us from the comfort of your home as we talk (via Zoom) with bestselling historical fiction author Aimee Liu.
Date: July 14, 2020
6:00pm PT - 7:00pm PT
Venue: Litquake on Lockdown Address:
Notes: Millions of families are separated today, by circumstances of the current pandemic, by draconian immigration policies, and by war. Family separation has long been used as an intentional political tool to pressure, frighten, and terrorize. Through the lens of fiction, we can understand the impact of such wounds, and strengthen our shared belief in family and community connection. Authors Donna Hemans, Aimee Liu, Ellen Meeropol, and Kristen Millares Young discuss their Spring 2020 novels, and explore the paths of families torn apart. FREE, $5 suggested donation
Date: July 1, 2020
1:00pm EDT - 2:00pm EDT
Venue: Secluded: A Virtual Writing Conference Address:
Notes: Authors Aimee Liu and Jennifer Steil discuss how they found untold stories from World War II and transformed these parts of history into their recent novels. Liu’s new novel Glorious Boy unfolds in the Andaman Islands of British India, which in 1942 became the western front of the Pacific Theater as the Japanese closed in on the Indian subcontinent. Steil’s new novel, Exile Music, follows a family of Viennese Jewish musicians who fled the Nazis in Austria for the Andes of Bolivia. During World War II, there were some 20,000 Jewish refugees living in Bolivia.
Date: June 24, 2020
7:30pm EDT -
Venue: Aimee and author Donna Hemans Address: GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE
Notes: Reading and conversation with Aimee and author Donna Hemans. Register here:
Date: June 12, 2020
3:00pm EDT - 5:00pm EDT
Venue: AWP Address: FaceBook
Notes: EVERY FRIDAY in JUNE! AWP Virtual Book Club, a book club with a unique craft focus, has chosen Glorious Boy as the featured book for June. Starting Friday, June 5, 2020, join the conversation by posting discussion questions on the AWP Community of Writers Facebook group. Each Friday, craft-focused questions will be shared from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, and we will hold a discussion in the comments underneath the posted questions. Respond to the question listed and engage in virtual craft conversation with other participants.
Date: June 11, 2020
6:00pm PDT - 7:00pm PDT
Venue: Aimee in conversation with Donna Hemans, author of Tea by the Sea Address: VROMANS BOOKS
Notes: Virtual Reading and conversation with Aimee and author Donna Hemans (Tea By the Sea) Register here:
Date: June 10, 2020
10:00am PDT -
Venue: BEYOND THE BOOK WITH JULIE Address: Instagram Live
Notes: Join Aimee's first interview on Instagram live!
Date: June 9, 2020
2:00pm PT - 2:30pm PT
Venue: “Author2Author” Address: BLOGTALKRADIO
Notes: Aimee's Podcast Interview with Bill Kenower, host of Author2Author
Date: June 9, 2020
6:30pm PDT - 7:30pm PDT
Venue: Sandra Tsing Loh and Aimee Liu in conversation Address: Diesel Bookstore
Notes: Join Aimee and Sandra Tsing Loh to discuss Sandra's new book, The Madwoman and the Roomba: My Year of Domestic Mayhem! Register here:
Date: May 28, 2020
7:00pm ET - 8:00pm ET
Notes: Virtual Reading and conversation with Aimee and author Ellen Meeropol (Her Sister's Tattoo)
Date: May 20, 2020
4:00pm PT - 5:00pm PT
Venue: Red Hen Press Address:
Notes: A Virtual reading and chat with authors Aimee Liu and Donna Hemans in celebration of their latest books GLORIOUS BOY and TEA BY THE SEA! Join us for a reading and conversation with Red Hen Press Managing Editor and cofounder Kate Gale! Viewable on:,,,, or
Date: May 12, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
Venue: Podcast: Dialogue-Between the Lines Address:
Notes: Live podcast with interviewer Susan Wingate - Follow at Dialogue's platform:
Date: May 12, 2020
5:30pm - 6:00pm
Venue: NOVEL NETWORK/Facebook Live Chat Address: Join here to attend:
Notes: Interview with Deborah Harpham. Join here to attend:
Date: May 12, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Crowdcast Book Launch with Sandra Tsing Loh Address: Go to Diesel’s Crowdcast link attend:
Notes: Aimee will be celebrating the release of Glorious Boy with the inestimable Sandra Tsing Loh! Go to Diesel’s Crowdcast link attend:
Date: May 12, 2020
11:30am - 12:00pm
Venue: “Reading with Robin” on A MIGHTY BLAZE Address:
Notes: Robin Homonoff will interview Aimee for "A Mighty Blaze" on FaceBook Live:
Date: May 11, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Writers Voices with Monica Hadley Address: KHOE 90.5 FM
Fairfield, Iowa
Notes: Aimee will appear on air on Writers’ Voices on KHOE 90.5 FM in Fairfield, Iowa. and KICI 105.3 LP in Iowa City, Iowa. Or listen to the podcast at