International best-selling author Kevin Kwan shot to fame quickly in 2013 with what would go on to be the first in his Crazy Rich Trilogy, Crazy Rich Asians. Based on his childhood in Singapore and all the extravagances he witnessed, the story centers around the most-talked-about event of the year, a super high-profile wedding. Warner Bros. currently has its film adaptation in production and we cannot wait anymore!
The second book in the Trilogy, China Rich Girlfriend also was a bestseller and the New Yorker who once worked for Interview Magazine and Martha Stewart Living, was in Toronto tonight to sign for fans the final book in said Trilogy, Rich People Problems released domestically by Doubleday Canada. Jealousy, couture and a heated battle over inheritance are recurring themes in the juicy read.
Moderated by our dear friend Shinan Govani, the signing was preceded by a conversation. Kwan tells the audience, that his aunts have a hard time believing that people would want to read about people like her and he even takes a few snaps of the audience holding up his books to prove this to her!
On the central characters in his Trilogy, he says “They’re classist, they’re racist. It is what it is. You have lots of old culture and and new people who just want to show off and enjoy their money. And why shouldn’t they after years of deprivation?”. He adds that just 20 years ago there were no billionaires in China.
On his Trilogy being set in multiple locations, Kwan says “I wanted to start off in Singapore as it’s not written about much, and then Hong Kong and so forth, circling back to Singapore for the third book to give people different types of people, cultures and societies in Asia. That was always the plan.”. The story travels as far as Vancouver and the Philippines, with a shoutout to Toronto.
See some Snaps of the Event below. Hover mouse over left and right to navigate slideshow:
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(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
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