Kevin Chong

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Kevin Chong



Published books

TitleExtended titleYear of Publication
Baroque A Nova2001
Beauty Plus Pity2011

Kevin Chong (born 1975) is a Canadian author. Born in Hong Kong, Chong studied at the University of British Columbia and Columbia University, where he received an MFA in fiction writing.

His first novel, Baroque-a-Nova, was published in Canada by Penguin in 2001, in the United States by Putnam in 2002, and in France by Ballard in 2002. The New York Times Book Review describes the book as "a readable, if slightly gray, coming-of-age novel." The Quill and Quire described the book as "compact, clear-sighted, and nervy. Chong’s grasp of suburban tackiness is laugh-out-loud awesome, right down to the ubiquitous copies of Maclean’s magazine on parental coffee tables and trick or treaters dressed as Orville Redenbacher."

His second book Neil Young Nation (2005), a non-fiction work, traces the steps of Neil Young's 1970 trip across Canada and the United States. New York Times Book Review of compared the book to "watching an endless home movie in which a not very close friend visits all the houses he grew up in." The Georgia Straight suggested that "Still looking for happiness, community, and fulfillment, Chong is a genuine seeker-and his journey is a ride worth taking."

Chong works extensively as a freelance journalist. He is a practitioner of the martial art-like aerobic exercise form Tae Bo, and had a minor role in the film Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite He is also active in Vancouver's underground music scene, performing jazz under his stage name, "Butterscotch Panda."

In 2010, Chong gained a heightened degree of infamy after novelist Peter Darbyshire confronted him at a book launch regarding a negative review Chong gave one of his books. Both men were visibly drunk and engaged in a fistfight on stage, resulting in Chong and Darbyshire's arrest. According to the National Post, Chong allegedly struck Darbyshire with a fire extinguisher.

Chong lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is an accomplished show dog handler as well as an editor for Joyland: A hub for short fiction.



  • Baroque-a-Nova Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2001.
  • Beauty Plus Pity Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, [forthcoming, Fall 2011], ISBN 978-1-55152-416-0


  • Chong, Kevin (2005). Neil Young nation: a quest, an obsession, and a true story. Vancouver, Berkeley, CA: Greystone Books. ISBN 978-1-55365-116-1. OCLC 61261394. Crisscrossing the continent, Chong follows the route that led Neil Young to become a musical legend.

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