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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Crystal Chan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Chan lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Crystal Chan grew up in Wisconsin. She has published articles in several magazines; given talks and workshops across the country; facilitated discussion groups at national conferences; and been a professional storyteller. ''Bird'', is her first novel. An online curriculum guide is available at the [ author's website].She has also adapted several "Classics" for "Manga Classics" graphic novels including, Les Miserables, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, Jungle Book, Great Expectations, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. She also edited the "Festivals of the World" series which includes: Japan, The United States, Egypt, Israel, England and India.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library



  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Chan's presentation topics include

  • Letting your real self
  • shine
  • When There’s No Box To Check Falling in the Racial Cracks, Multiracial Students, and Diversity
  • How To Break All the Rules and Still Get Ten Countries
  • Beyond being "unique" a mixed-race author in a monoracial world
  • Hey, they whitewashed my book! On race and diversity
  • The writer's journey wandering the path of bedazzlement
  • Bird

    activity and writing workshop Presentations can also be designed for your needs. Please contact the author for rates and availability. Chan is represented by Emily of Folio Literary Management.