Beyond the Book with Lisa See

Beyond the Book with Lisa See

lisa-seeLiterary Affairs invites you to a very special Beyond the Book experience celebrating The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Join us for a book club style discussion with Lisa See followed by a very special presentation and tea tasting with Linda Louie, owner of the Bana Tea Company and tea educator. Linda traveled with Lisa to China as part of her research for this wonderful book.

The morning will include a continental breakfast, Q&A and book signing with Lisa See and a Beyond the Book Tea Education presentation and Tea Tasting with specialist Linda Louie.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 6
10:00 am – 12pm
WHERE: Hotel Bel Air



High in the mountains of Yunnan province, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. They are members of the Akha ethnic minority, and life is lived as it has been for generations. When a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of them has ever seen, he brings with him the modern world, which changes everything. Li-yan falls in love with a boy her parents don’t like, has a baby out of wedlock, and then abandons the infant, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city. As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins, while across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. As the Booklist reviewer wrote, “See’s focus on the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, by birth and by circumstance, becomes an extraordinary homage to unconditional love.”


Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane , Snow Flower and the Secret Fan , Peony in Love , Shanghai Girls , China Dolls , and Dreams of Joy , which debuted at #1. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain , which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.


Linda Louie, owner of Bana Tea Company, is a tea enthusiast and a tea educator. She was mentored by a renowned tea master in Hong Kong and has traveled extensively in the remote forest villages of Yunnan to search for the finest pu-erh. Linda frequently gives tea lectures, Gong-fu tea demonstrations and focused tasting at museums, Huntington Library and Gardens, public libraries, community colleges, and various tea conventions, including the L.A. International Tea Festivals and the World Tea Expo.