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Literary Luncheon

Lisa See discusses her most recent novel, Shanghai Girls.

October 22, 2009 11:30am to 2:00pm

After a gourmet luncheon, best-selling and award-winning author Lisa See discusses her most recent novel, Shanghai Girls.

See’s book tells the compelling story of two sisters forced from their privileged lives in China and sold into the unfamiliar world of mid-20th century Los Angeles.

With vivid descriptions of Asia and sagas based upon close, familial bonds, See’s novels are evocative of works by Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston. Similarly, critics frequently enthuse that See’s Red Princess mystery series evokes the writings of Dashiell Hammett, Upton Sinclair and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

See’s other books include On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), Flower Net (1997), The Interior (1999), Dragon Bones (2003), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005) and Peony in Love (2008).

In addition to writing novels, See was the Publishers Weekly West Coast correspondent for more than a decade. Her freelance articles have appeared in Vogue, Self and More.

Friends members, $60. General public, $75. Price includes parking, lunch and lecture. Admission to the lecture, which begins at 1 p.m., is free. To become a Friends member, visit