Published : Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | 11:16 AM
Bestselling author, Lisa See, will give a special presentation at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden about her new novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Friday, June 30, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. The book debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times best-sellers list, and Kirkus Reviews praised it as “a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology.” The evening will include a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a rare chance to enjoy the garden and teahouse in the evening.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane tells the tale of a Chinese family whose life in a remote village revolves around the farming of tea. A baby born out of wedlock and adopted by an American couple sets in motion a story that explores culture, tradition, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. Such themes are familiar to readers of Lee’s earlier best-selling books, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, Peony in Love and Dreams of Joy.
See is also a biographer, essayist and community leader. She was born in Paris but has lived in Los Angeles for many years and, with close ties to Chinatown, she is an important figure in the Chinese community. A sought-after public speaker, she has generously offered to make the event, An Evening With Lisa See, a fundraiser for the garden to support its educational and cultural programming.
Reservations may be made for $50 per person and include the book which can be signed at the event.
To make a reservation go to the Programs and Reservations page of the garden’s website at japanesegardenpasadena.com. Street parking is prohibited by the City of Pasadena, complimentary valet parking will be provided.
Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is located at 270 Arlington Drive in Pasadena.