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About the Author

Kevin Kwan was born and raised in Singapore, where he attended Anglo-Chinese School in the mornings and spent his afternoons either hiding from his Chinese tutor or chasing after neighborhood dogs on his bike. When he was eleven, he moved to the United States, where the next few years were a blur of trying to survive high school, reading too much F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joan Didion, and dreaming of living in New York.

After obtaining his first degree in creative writing from the University of Houston, Kevin moved to Manhattan to pursue a BFA at Parsons School of Design. Kevin's early years in the city were spent working for Martha Stewart Living, Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, and M&Co, the legendary design firm founded by Tibor Kalman.

In 2000, Kevin established his own creative studio, where he specialized in producing high profile visual projects for clients such as the New York Times, the Museum of Modern Art, Rockwell Group, and Many unforgettable experiences followed, like creating the ultimate publishing tribute to Oprah Winfrey's groundbreaking television show, handling Elizabeth Taylor's fabled jewel collection while producing Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, and serving as the visual consultant for the re-launch of the TED website, which exceeded a billion views in November 2012.

Throughout all this, Kevin always remained passionate about books. As he became sought after as a visual consultant by acclaimed authors like Michael Korda, Gore Vidal, and Larry McMurtry, Kevin was inspired to return to his first love—writing. His critically-acclaimed debut novel Crazy Rich Asians became an international bestseller in 2013 and is currently being adapted into a feature film by Ivanhoe Pictures and Color Force, the producers of The Hunger Games movies. The sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, hits bookstores around the world in June 2015.

Kevin still resides in Manhattan, eats too much pasta, and these days dreams of living in Italy.


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    Aug 6 (Thurs) – 6:30 – 8:00pm – BOOKAZINE (Prince’s Building) Reception and Book Signing

    Aug 7 (Fri) – 6:30pm – THE KEE CLUB – Cocktails, Reading and Talk – Tickets available here:

    Aug 8 (Sat) – 3:00 – 5:00pm – PAGE ONE BOOKS (Harbour City) Reception and Book Signing

    Aug 15 (Sat) – 2:00 – 6:00pm – FULLY BOOKED (High Street)

    Aug 16 (Sun) – 2:00 – 6:00pm – FULLY BOOKED (Alabang)


  • Hollywood Reporter Interview July 22, 2015

      I had a fun conversation with the Hollywood Reporter about the film adaptation of “Crazy Rich Asians” and much more.  Be sure to check out their “dream cast” for the movie!  Read it all HERE.

  • A rave review from Janet Maslin in The New York Times! July 13, 2015

    Since I first started reading the New York Times in my teens, I’ve been in awe of Janet Maslin’s writing.  I followed her film reviews religiously, and loved everything she wrote.  I can’t properly convey how it felt last Monday to open my copy of the Times and discover that she not only read CHINA RICH … Continue reading A rave review from Janet Maslin in The New York Times!

  • What would Astrid want? July 3, 2015

    My publishers thought it would be a fun treat for readers if I curated a “fantasy exhibition” featuring things or experiences that characters from my book would want.  It was incredibly fun to dream up what these crazy rich characters might covet, and along the way, some incredibly talented designers and artisans got involved:  Marchesa … Continue reading What would Astrid want?

  • From the Washington Post… June 25, 2015

    In this year’s best beach reading, Jane Austen meets Singapore: Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend” offer a devastating portrait of the hyper-rich a world away from Jane Austen’s England.  Read the full article by clicking HERE.

  • See You in Toronto!!! June 21, 2015

    I’m about to leave for Toronto to kick off my Canadian Book Tour.  If you’re in town, please come see me interviewed by the fabulous Lainey at the Toronto North York Central Library tomorrow night, June 22nd, at 7:00pm.  FREE tickets are still available by clicking HERE.

  • CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND launches at the Asia Society Houston on June 16th! June 3, 2015

    I’m so honored to be visiting the exquisite Asia Society Texas Center in Houston on June 16th – the day that CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND is released!  I’ll be giving a talk and signing books starting at 7:00pm.  Please join me if you can.  Tickets are available now right HERE.


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