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  • Mott Street Book Tour

    MOTT STREET and I are hitting the road and coming to a city (hopefully) close to you!

  • And the reviews are…truly splendid!

    We are a month shy of pub date for Mott Street (April 25th!), but already the reviews are coming in strong. In starred reviews, Publisher’s Weekly called it “Stunning,” and Kirkus Reviews described it as “Elegantly written…a lively memoir that…helps us understand the troubled history of our nation.”

  • Winter Book & Author Fest

    Winter Book & Author Fest

    Penguin Random House + Library Journal introduce next season’s newest books at virtual book festival I’m thrilled to take part in the PRH + Library Journal book festival tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 8th, 2022. They have a stellar line up, including keynote speaker Joy Harjo, and some of my favorite writers like Gina Apostol and Victor […]

  • Goodreads Giveaway

    Update: Two thousand seven hundred and twenty-two readers (2,722!) entered the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to read MOTT STREET. Congratulations to the 15 lucky winners. It gave me such a thrill to see their names on the site. Major kudos to: Linda, Angela, Mandybeth, Paige, Laura (auntieyorgareads), Jamie Ray, Betty, Carlos Giron, Jamie, Nesie, […]

  • Eating Wildly

    Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal (S&S, 2014) reveals how foraging and the DIY-food movement helped Ava Chin to heal up from the disappointments of an estranged relationship with her father, and taught her important lessons in self-reliance. After the loss of a beloved family member, she immerses herself in urban […]

  • About AVA CHIN

    About AVA CHIN

    AVA CHIN, a 5th generation Chinese American New Yorker, is the author of the creative nonfiction book MOTT STREET: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming (April 2023, Penguin Press), an intimate portrayal of the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act laws (1882-1943) on four generations of Chin’s family as they attempted to […]

  • Mott Street

    Mott Street

    From the winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Book Prize and a New York Public Library Cullman fellow, comes a sweeping narrative history of the Chinese Exclusion Act through an intimate portrayal of one family’s epic journey to lay down roots in America As the only child of a single mother in Queens, Ava Chin found […]

  • Press

    TV/RADIO/PODCASTS PBS’ Victory Garden “New York City” episode on urban foraging (minute 6:43), air date January 2015. Illinois Public Media’s WillAg’s Backyard Industry “Words on the Plate” (August 20, 2014) City University of New York Radio’s “Foraging for Food—and Love” podcast (July 8, 2014) Los Angeles Public Radio KCRW, “Good Food” with Evan Kleiman “Urban […]