When: Saturday, June 22, 2024, 11:30am 

Where: Redmond Library (15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052)

Summer Reading Kickoff event! Join us for a read aloud by debut author Sylvia Chen of her new picture book, Tricky Chopsticks, learn how to make 3D origami stars and DIY chopstick tongs, and practice showing off your skills with a Chopstick Pick-Up-stacle Course!

Copies of the author's book will be available for purchase and signing through local bookseller Brick and Mortar Books, who will be on-hand during and after the event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Redmond Library. Click here for the direct library event link with full details.

When: Attending Thursday, June 27, 2024 - Monday, July 1, 2024; scheduling details TBD

Where: San Diego, CA

Will you also attend ALA in San Diego 2024? Tricky Chopsticks author Sylvia Chen will attend the conference along with various #PBRisingStars and #12x12 meetups. Come by for a special Tricky Chopsticks author-signing plus fun swag at the Atheneum/Simon & Schuster booth #716 on Saturday, June 29, 2024 3:30-4pm. Look out for jumbo chopsticks to find Sylvia Chen roaming around ALA!

When: Saturday, September 7, 2024; times TBD

Where: Brick & Mortar Books (7430 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052)

Save the date! Tricky Chopsticks author Sylvia Chen will be featured along with many other amazing authors and illustrators at this awesome festival for its 2nd year running! More details to be shared when available. See the Bigfoot Kids' Book Festival website for the latest information.

When: Scheduling details TBD

Where: Boston, MA

Will you also go to NCTE in Boston 2024? Look out for jumbo chopsticks to spot Tricky Chopsticks author Sylvia Chen traipsing around NCTE! Or consider attending one or both of her panel sessions:

More in-person and virtual events in the works. Please check back periodically for updated event info. Thank you!

Past Events

Storytime to start!

Fun chopsticks challenges after!

"Sylvia Chen's visit to the Kirkland Library drew a large, diverse and enthusiastic audience. Her interactive book reading kept the crowd engaged and entertained. She followed the story with a great Q&A and an explanation of how chopstick styles differ between different countries. The hands-on activities that she prepared were leveled so that even the youngest rookie felt successful. The families had a great time and left with special gifts from the author. I am looking forward to seeing Ms. Chen's next book and would love to have her back in the future."

A Bit Tricky: Pom-Pom Challenge!

Trickier: Food Squishies Challenge!

Thank you Amy and Kirkland Library for providing such a wonderful venue for this event! I truly enjoyed connecting with so many families from different backgrounds and it was pure joy seeing all the kids rise up to the challenge of using chopsticks in many fun ways! I'd also like to wholeheartedly thank Friends of the Library/Library Guild for your generous sponsorship of this event. Thank you all!

Trickiest: Shiny Star Stacking Challenge!

Look at that impressive stack!

A very heartfelt THANK YOU to Mam's Books (in International District / Chinatown) for hosting my Seattle-side launch event and close friends+family plus new fans who attended, I loved chatting with all of you! It was such an honor to collaborate with Mam's Books for its mission to uplift our wonderful #AAPI community and fellow creators. Please check out the video recap at right which features some sweet highlights. And please visit and support Mam's Books if you can!

"Planning an author visit with Sylvia was super easy, with her School & Library Visit menu. There were a lot of fun combinations to choose from, our library went with "Let’s Make 3D Origami Lucky Stars!" which included a read aloud, Q&A and craft. Sylvia was super flexible in customizing the program to work at our library. Both kids and parents alike enjoyed the read aloud and asked so many great questions, which Sylvia answered with enthusiasm. Participants were able to connect with Sylvia during the crafting session in a meaningful way. I highly recommend hosting Author Sylvia Chen at your public library!"

Thank you Shelby and Newport Way Library for hosting me at your wonderful library! And a special thanks to Art Cart origami expert Ayumi for providing your skillful support for our attendees! Plus much gratitude to Friends of the Library/Library Guild for your generous sponsorship of this event. Thank you all!

Storytime at the beginning!

Impromptu storytime mid-event!

Making 3D origami lucky stars!

Thank you to Barnes & Noble in Kirkland for hosting me for a special storytime + signing event on National Tell a Story Day. And a heartfelt thanks to those who dropped by to join. I loved chatting + signing and personalizing books, meeting super cute kids, and even doing impromptu storytime readings at the table after! 🥰

Original videography credit: Mac Chen

Such a cool welcome!

Loved personalizing so many book orders!

Such an honor to sign the author wall!

"The students and staff at our school thoroughly enjoyed Sylvia Chen's presentations about her first picture book, Tricky Chopsticks. Sylvia's engaging talks, tailored for students in grades K-3, provided an interactive and fun experience for our young readers and writers. During the sessions, students learned about Sylvia's writing inspirations, writing tricks, and word play. One of the highlights was Sylvia's creatively crafted rap about the main character of her story, which inspired everyone with a fun beat and rhythm. I'm looking forward to adding future books written by Sylvia Chen to our school library!"

Thank you Super Librarian Melissa Reinardy and Audubon Elementary School (and PTSA!) for such a warm and excellent welcome for my very first official author visit! I will treasure this memory forever, including a 1st grader who shared a parting over-the-shoulder request, "Let me know when your next book comes out, okay?" and 3rd grader who endearingly (and wisely) shared, "I think you're being brave [to present to us]." 

Author visit split into two days with five K-3 group sessions

Loved presenting to almost 300 students total!

Fun students vs. author chopsticks challenges with jumbo chopsticks...

...and regular chopsticks with extra author-challenges (eyes closed, one foot up, etc.)

A huge THANK YOU to Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond for hosting my launch event and everyone who supported by coming and those joining in spirit from afar! The event was an absolute dream-come-true. Please see the Inside Peek video at right which captures some of the event highlights (too many to include in a short video!).