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 struck Darbyshire with a fire extinguisher.
- Baroque-a-Nova, 2001
- Beauty Plus Pity, 2011
- Neil Young Nation: a quest, an obsession, and a true story, 2005 (Crisscrossing the continent, Chong follows the route that led Neil Young to become a musical legend.)
- My Year of The Race Horse, 2012
- Kaufman, King. "Meet the Parents", New York Times Book Review, 28 April 2002. (URL accessed 24 May 2006).
- The Quill and Quire
- Kamiya, Gary. " 'Neil Young Nation': On the Road", New York Times Book Review, 13 November 2005. (URL accessed 24 May 2006)
- The Geogia Straight
- Kevin Chong at the Internet Movie Database
- National Post
- Kevin Chong at Goodreads
- Kevin Chong, profile from the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival.
- Neil Young Nation page on Greystone Books website
- Works by or about Kevin Chong in libraries (WorldCat catalog)