Authors Live | May 22 | 5-7pm | Bar Iznt | Kobe, Japan

Tracy will join three other expat writers and two musical guests for an evening of readings, music, and mingling. See More


Reading & Talk @ the Tokyo American Club | May 11 | 7-8pm

Tracy will be the May featured author at the Tokyo American Club, reading from her book The Good Shufu and talking about life as a trailing spouse and foreign writer in Japan. See More


Reading @ The 2016 Tokyo International Literary Festival | March 4 | Sophia University | Tokyo, Japan

Tracy will read from The Good Shufu as part of the only English-only official event at the 2016 Tokyo International Literary Festival, Four Stories @ TILF, an evening of readings, discussion, and mingling with four of Japan's top foreign authors. Featuring:

  • Jake Adelstein, author of Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan; investigative journalist; and writer for the Los Angeles Times
  • Marc Kaufman, assistant professor at Tokyo's Sophia University; fiction and nonfiction writer with work in Narrative Magazine and TYO Magazine; and two-time finalist for both Glimmer Train and Narrative Magazine short story contests
  • Roland Kelts, author of the acclaimed best-seller Japanamerica; How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US; writer with work in the New Yorker, the Japan Times, the New York Times, and more; contributing editor to the Japanese literary journal Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan; and frequent commentator on Japan for National Public Radio and the BBC
  • Tracy Slater, author of The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self & Home on the Far Side of the World, named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, a National Geographic Traveler "great new read," and one of Pop Sugar's best books of 2015

With guest MC & moderator Takami Nieda, translator of fiction works such as “Mummy,” by Banana Yoshimoto, from the collection The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction; and 2015 winner of the PEN/Heim translation fund for her translation of Kazuki Kaneshiro’s GO.

Friday, March 4, 2016
6-8pm, with mingling and drinks with the authors to follow
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Building 12
Room 502
7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-8554

Free and open to the public!

See this info in Japanese on the Japan International Literary Festival official site.


The Society of Writers, Editors & Translators Presents "Making Memoir: From Situation to Story" | November 28, 2015 | Tokyo, Japan

The road to memoir is paved with good intentions. How do you move from situation to story? How much truth do you tell? And what about privacy? What changes have to be made for narrative flow? How do you--or should you even--marry fact and fiction?

In this SWET craft talk, writers of multicultural memoirs Tracy Slater and Leza Lowitz will discuss their writing processes and delve into the joys and pains of the writing, editing, publication, and marketing processes.

Date: November 28, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. (doors open for socializing at 6:00)
Place: Wesley Center, Minami Aoyama (Tokyo) Room 204 (Map)
Fee: No charge

More info here


Tracy Presents @ the Japan Writers Conference | October 24-24, 2015 | Kobe, Japan

“Bringing Out Your Book: From Small Presses to the Big Five," with Tracy Slater & Jessica Goodfellow

Tracy joined the award-winning poet Jessica Goodfellow to discuss publishing with a Big Five press versus with small and indie presses. They discussed compared, and contrasted lessons learned from both their recent book publication journeys, covering ways of making necessary industry contacts (including agents and publishers), ways to connect with potential readers, types of publishing models prevalent in different genres, and the importance of supporting other writers in the expat community. Followed by a Q&A.

Please feel free to get in touch here if you'd like a copy of this presentation, including a list of resources and tips for getting noticed by presses big and small and for publishing as an expat.


The Good Shufu Book Signing & Talk | FEW Kansai | Thursday, September 29 | Osaka, Japan

As the featured October speaker for October 2015 for the organization Foreign Executive Women of Kansai, Japan, Tracy signed books, read from The Good Shufuand then led a Q&A about publishing as an expat.


The Four Stories/Good Shufu Tokyo Book Launch Bash! | September 27, 2015 | Roppongi

For the Tokyo celebration of the launch of The Good Shufu, Tracy invited three other gaijin-wife authors to read with her for a special event run by the literary series she founded, Four Stories. The evening's theme was "Married to the Mob: Four Writers on Love, Travel & Life as a Gaijin Wife." Check out video from the event here:


The Four Stories/Good Shufu Book Celebration Bash | June 26, 2015 | Cambridge, MA

A warm welcome to attend a very special Four Stories event, with readings from all-star authors as well as festivities to celebrate Four Stories founder Tracy Slater's forthcoming memoir, The Good Shufu. Free for entry, and featuring the usual mingling, eating, and drinking--plus the Four Stories style of intellectual inquiry: Ask the best question, win a free drink!

And in special celebration of the launch of Tracy's first book, we'll have Asian-themed cocktails, plus free gifts from Japan for anyone who brings proof of a pre-order of The Good Shufu!

Friday, June 26
6:30-9pm
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Central Square, Cambridge
617-868-MSEX
(Central Square, Red Line subway stop; Please note that starting at 7pm, Mass Ave between Prospect and Bigelow Streets will be closed to traffic due to another event near City Hall)

Questions? Get more info here, or email the Four Stories team here.


The Good Shufu Official Book Launch | June 30, 2015 | Newtonville Books

On the day The Good Shufu went on sale, Tracy read at Newtonville Books in Newton Center, MA, at 7pm, with sake and mingling following the event. Here's a brief video clip from the event: