Book Cover of Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant

Book Discussion and Author Visit with Curtis Chin

We are delighted to highlight author and activist, Curtis Chin, as part of the BTPL’s Reading Month celebration this March. Chin is the author of Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant, which was voted a 2024 Michigan Notable Book.

Book Discussion | Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

In preparation for this author visit, the Library will host a discussion of Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant. You can find a copy of the book in our catalog. Visit our calendar to register for the book discussion.

Author Visit: Curtis Chin | Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Curtis Chin, writer, activist, and author of Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant, will discuss his new book that details his upbringing and working in his family’s Cantonese restaurant in Detroit. Chin confronts identity as he experiences racism as a Chinese American, and then again with the growing awareness that he is gay. This story is told with insight, compassion, and humor. Registration opens February 26.

About the Author

A co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, Curtis Chin served as the non-profits’ first Executive Director. He went on to write for network and cable television before transitioning to social justice documentaries. Chin has screened his films at over 600 venues in sixteen countries. He has written for CNN, Bon Appetit, the Detroit Free Press, and the Emancipator/Boston Globe. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chin has received awards from ABC/Disney Television, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. His memoir, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant will be published by Little, Brown in Fall 2023. His essay in Bon Appetit was just selected for Best Food Writing in America 2023.

About the Book

From filmmaker and co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Curtis Chin’s memoir about coming of age and coming out traces the author’s journey through 1980’s Detroit as he navigated rising xenophobia, the AIDS epidemic, and the Reagan Revolution to find his voice as a writer and activist — all set against the backdrop of his family’s popular Chinese restaurant. The book, which features plenty of Chinese food and Motown vibes, will be published by Little, Brown in the fall of 2023. Publisher’s Weekly has named it one of the Top 10 memoirs this fall and Time Magazine has named it one of the 36 Most Anticipated Books for the fall.