in partnership with The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
About the Event
Adventures by the Book™ is excited to partner with The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum for a Chinese Tea Tasting Adventure with the sensational New York Times bestselling author, Lisa See, where we will recreate a previous Adventure with Lisa which we are privileged to say helped inspire this latest, brilliant novel!
In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa introduced the Yao people to her readers. Now, in her new novel, she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world, which has revolved around the ritual & routine of tea farming for generations, will soon change. Inspired by the performance of a Chinese tea ceremony, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, tells the powerful story of a Chinese mother and her daughter separated by circumstances, culture, and distance.
Join us for an evening with The San Diego Chinese Historical Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and share the Chinese American experience & culture to educate their diverse community & visitors. At the Chuang Learning Center, guests will be treated to appetizers and a tasting of traditional Chinese teas. Tranquil Tuesdays, an enterprise that sources all of its tea from small family-owned tea farms, will not only be providing this decadent tea, but will also present an authentic Chinese tea ceremony, inviting new audiences to experience a revelatory a moment of tranquility–the ultimate luxury that Chinese culture has celebrated for centuries. After this traditional ceremony, we will be graced by the wonderful Lisa See, who will tell us about how she crafted her latest powerful novel and was inspired to interweave the classical culture of tea into the heart of her novel and her characters’ destinies.
Guests are also invited to arrive early at 6:15 pm for a special private tour, by donation, of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, located just down the street from the Learning Center. Guests will be led on a tour through the museum to learn about the fascinating history of Chinese Americans here in San Diego, as well as, the intriguing history of the museum itself and how it came to be located on 3rd Ave. After the tour guests will be able to easily walk to the Learning Center (just one block away) for the Tea Tasting.
Your Adventure includes a hardcover copy of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, appetizers, tea tasting, donation to The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, author talk, book signing, and the chance to meet the author up-close and personal in an intimate and authentic setting.
About the Author and Book
Lisa has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up, whether in the past or happening right now in the world today. For Snow Flower, she traveled to a remote area of China—where she was told she was only the second foreigner ever to visit—to research the secret writing invented, used, and kept a secret by women for over a thousand years.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Scribner, 2017): Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.
In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.
Please note that no physical tickets will be issued. Due to the special nature of this event, no refunds are available after April 11, 2017, or for no-shows. Only books pre-purchased below or at the event will be eligible for signing.
ONE BOOK IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TICKET, however you may purchase a "Couples Ticket" which includes two entries into the event with only one book, if you and your companion would like to share one copy.
Extra copies of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order an extra signed copy below to be be delivered at the event.
We are also offering a SPECIAL BOOK SALE of Signed Hardcover First Editions of Lisa See's China Dolls (2014) for just $20, order below to have your copy delivered at the event: