Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jun. 17: Henry Chang, Hilary Davidson, Tim Hall, Richard A. Herman, Catherine Maiorisi, Jon McGoran, Erica Obey and Narween Otto Set for Mystery Writers of America Series at KGB Bar

Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Henry Chang. Photo by Lia Chang


Crime Fiction novelist Henry Chang (Chinatown Beat, Year of the Dog, and Red Jade) is on a book tour for Death Money, the fourth novel in his popular noir series featuring Detective Jack Yu. On Tuesday, June 17, 2014,  Henry Chang, Hilary Davidson, Tim Hall, Richard A. Herman, Catherine Maiorisi, Jon McGoran, Erica Obey and Narween Otto, will be featured in the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) series with Richie Narvaez hosting, at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th St. in New York. The evening begins at 6:30pm, Admission is free, books will be available for sale. Call 212-505-3360 for more information.

Chang previews Detective Yu’s latest investigation which takes him through a criminal underworld that reaches from benevolent associations of Chinatown to the take-out restaurants, strip clubs, and underground gambling establishments of the Bronx, to a wealthy, exclusive New Jersey borough. It’s an intrigue worthy of a classic Hong Kong crime thriller right here in the New York City area… More than just a crime story, the novel is a revealing look into Chinese communities through a character who is conflicted about his return to Chinatown. Mystery genre review site says, “In his dogged insistence on providing the Chinese word for the Chinese thing, Henry Chang may very well be insisting on the complex reality that lies behind the often tacky face that Chinatown shows to the North American eye.”

Henry Chang is a native son of Chinatown and a lifetime New Yorker. He writes from the world of the urban Chinese immigrant demimonde, and his work has appeared in Murdaland, Gangs in New York’s Chinatown, and the seminal Yellow Pearl anthology. He has written for Bridge Magazine and his fiction has appeared in On A Bed Of Rice and in the NuyorAsian Anthology. His acclaimed Chinatown series—of Chinatown Beat, Year of the Dog, Red Jade, and Death Money, which just came out this April—is a hard-boiled reflection of lifelong experiences in the Chinese community. The books have received high praise from The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, among others.

Click here to buy Henry Chang’s Death Money and the Chinatown Trilogy.
Henry Chang Author Henry Chang Raises the Veil on Crime in Chinatown

Hilary Davidson won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel for The Damage Done. The book also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis and Macavity awards. Her first standalone novel, Blood Always Tells, was just published this spring. Her short stories have been featured in publications from Ellery Queen to Thuglit, and she has won a Spinetingler Award for best short story and an Ellery Queen Reader’s Choice Award. A Toronto-born travel journalist and the author of 18 nonfiction books, she has lived in New York City since October 2001.

Tim Hall is the author of the Bert Shambles Mysteries, a New Adult series featuring an economically disadvantaged young man solving crime in the Long Island suburbs. The first installment, Dead Stock, was recently published by Cozy Cat Press. The second book, Tie Died, is expected this summer 2014. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Richard A. Herman’s most recent novel is Laszlo’s Fire. Herman lives in New Jersey with his wife, and together they operate an insurance claims adjusting business. A veteran of the Navy and an amateur actor, Herman has four children, ten grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

Catherine Maiorisi often writes under the watchful eye of Edgar Allan Poe, in Edgar’s Café, near her apartment. While seeking an agent for her series staring NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli and her sidekick Detective P.J. Parker, Maiorisi is plotting a new series and writing short stories. Her short stories include: “Justice for All” in Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices; “The Fan Club” in The Best Lesbian Romances of 2014; and “Murder Italian Style” in Murder New York Style: Family Matters.

Jon McGoran is the author of Drift, an ecological thriller about genetically engineered food, and its sequel, Deadout, coming out August 2014, both from Forge Books. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is the author of the forensic crime thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison, and Freezer Burn.

He has been writing about food and sustainability for twenty years and is an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development, and labeling of genetically engineered foods.

There are three places you can find Erica Obey when she is not writing or teaching courses on mystery fiction and King Arthur at Fordham University: hiking, gardening, or at the back of the pack in her local road race. After she earned a degree from Yale University, along with an M.A. in Creative Writing from CCNY, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from CUNY, Obey published a few scholarly pieces before she decided she would rather be writing the stories myself. Her first novel, Back to the Garden, was published in 2013.

Narween Otto is Australian and Vietnamese and was a film producer in Los Angeles before she relocated to New York City. She writes suspense fiction and is unpublished.

Other Articles on Henry Chang
Meet Death Money Author Henry Chang in Boston at the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) on 5/18 and in New York at Project Reach Chinatown/LES on 6/5 and KGB Bar on 6/17
May 15: Crime Fiction Novelist Henry Chang Reads from Death Money at Asia Roma
Henry Chang, Paula Bomer, Juliann Garey & Alex Shakar during Lit Crawl at Scratcher on 9/10
Photos:Meredith Anthony, David Levien, Lyndsay Faye, Henry Chang & Dr. Julie Salzano Discuss the Mind of Sexual Predators
Author Henry Chang on Mid-Manhattan Library Panel- THE EVIL MEN DO: Inside The Mind Of The Sexual Predator on 8/17
Photos: On the town with Rick Shiomi, Co-Editor of “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, in D.C. & NY

Other articles by Lia Chang:
A.C.T.’s Production Photos of The Orphan of Zhao starring BD Wong, Sab Shimono, Julyana Soelistyo, Stan Egi, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban and More, Opens June 11
Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessie Mueller, Lena Hall, Sophie Okonedo, Kenny Leon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, All The Way, A Raisin in the Sun, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and More Take Home 2014 Tony Awards
Jun. 23: The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream at Carnegie Hall Features Chapman Roberts, Norm Lewis, André De Shields, Chuck Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon and More
Jun. 16: Project1Voice & NBLCA Presents Staged Reading of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf Featuring Trazana Beverley, LaChanze, Adriane Lenox, Tonya Pinkins, Lillias White, Denise Burse Fernandez, Marva Hicks, Roslyn Ruff and More
June 13-14: Washington National Opera Presents Huang Ruo & David Henry Hwang’s An American Soldier in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
June 22 – July 27: Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas and Kristen Connolly Lead the Cast of The Old Globe’s Othello, helmed by Barry Edelstein 
Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis’ ‘it could be worse’ Series Featuring Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Fraser, Gideon Glick and More Airs on Pivot TV in June; and on Hulu in July
Lucille Lortel Awards for Here Lies Love, Fun Home, The Open House, Good Person of Szechwan
June 4: Garth Kravits, Lena Hall, Lesli Margherita, Wesley Taylor and More Strip Down with The Skivvies at 54 Below 
May 31 – June 22: Annette O’Toole Leads Cast of Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third” Helmed by Michael Cumpsty at Two River Theater Company 
June 5-7: National Asian Artists Project To Present All-Asian Production of OLIVER! Featuring Raul Aranas, Anthea Neri, Bonale Zohn Fambrini, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, Cindy Cheung, Scott Watanabe, Virginia Wing, David Shih and More 
May 28 – June 29: Lisa Joyce, Henry Kelemen and CJ Wilson Join Mary McCann in Atlantic Theater Company’s OUR NEW GIRL
Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, Sonya Tayeh, Emmanuel Brown, Mia Katigbak, K. Todd Freeman, John Earl Jelks Among 2014 OBIE Award Winners
May 20: George Gee Swing Orchestra CD – “Swing Makes You Happy!” Party at Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club
Grace Park, Daisuke Nakazawa & Alessandro Borgognone, and Ming Chen Hsu Honored with Apex for Youth 2014 Inspiration Awards
Asian American Federation Celebrates Cao K.O with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Former City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblyman Ron Kim and More
Photos: André Braugher, Ami Brabson, Christine Toy Johnson, Antoinette LaVecchia, Richard Topol, Victor Williams, Nikkole Salter, Elizabeth Van Dyke at Oni Faida Lampley’s Tough Titty at the Paradise Factory
Signature Theatre to Be Honored with the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award
Photos: Late Night with Holy Land’s Jojo Gonzalez
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Photos: Backstage and Opening Night of Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Crafting a Career
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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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