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Canceled — Lisa See on The Island of Sea Women with Kathryn Belden

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Tuesday, 7:00 pm March 17, 2020

This event has been canceled. If you have any questions, please email us at info@centerforfiction.org.

Bestselling author Lisa See and editor Kathyrn Belden offer an insider’s look into the collaborative process of researching, writing, and publishing See’s captivating story of the haenyeo, the Korean female divers of Jeju Island.

All ticket buyers are automatically eligible for a chance to win a $150 gift card to Haenyeo Restaurant in BK. Winner will be announced at the event! 

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Featuring

  • Lisa See c. Patricia Williams

    Lisa See

    Photo by Patricia Williams

    Lisa See

    Photo by Patricia Williams

    Ms. 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. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See has also written a mystery series that takes place in China. Her books have been published in 39 languages. See was the recipient of the Golden Spike Award from the Chinese Historical Association of Southern California and the History Maker’s Award from the Chinese American Museum. She was also named National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women.

    Ms. See wrote the libretto for Los Angeles Opera based on On Gold Mountain, which premiered in June 2000. That same year, she also curated the exhibition On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience at the Autry Museum. Ms. See then helped develop and curate the Family Discovery Gallery at the Autry Museum, an interactive space for children and their families that focused on Lisa’s bi-racial, bi-cultural family. The installation was up for twelve years. In 2003, she curated the inaugural exhibition—a retrospective of artist Tyrus Wong—for the grand opening of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. In addition, she designed a walking tour of L.A.’s Chinatown and wrote the companion guidebook for Angels Walk L.A. to celebrate the opening of the MTA’s Chinatown station. As a longtime trustee on the University of California Press Foundation, she endowed the Lisa See Endowment Fund in Southern California History and Culture.

  • Kathy-Belden c. Scribner

    Kathryn Belden

    Photo courtesy of Scribner

    Kathryn Belden

    Photo courtesy of Scribner

    Kathryn Belden, Vice President and Executive Editor, joined the staff at Scribner in 2015. She is interested in the breadth of the American experience, which she pursues through fiction and nonfiction acquisitions. Her engagement with all books begins with voice. General categories in which she works include literary fiction, social and cultural history, race and gender, nature and environment, as well as memoir and biography. Some of the writers she has worked with include Roz Chast, Mitchell S. Jackson, Andrew Krivak, Gordon Lish, Lisa See, Jesmyn Ward,  John Edgar Wideman, Nora Krug, Kiese Laymon, and Dr. Matthew Walker, among many others. Previously she worked at Bloomsbury, Four Walls Eight Windows, and Harmony Books/Crown Publishers.

  • HBK-Inside

    Haenyeo Restaurant

    239 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11215

    https://haenyeobk.com/

    Haenyeo Restaurant

    239 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11215

    https://haenyeobk.com/

    (Hangul: 해녀; lit. sea women) restaurant is named after the legendary female divers from Jeju Island, South Korea. 

    Holding their breath for two to three minutes at a time while diving to depths of 30-40 feet, these tough-as-nails women free-divers bear the elements year-round to harvest seafood and seaweed. The iron spirit, precision in craft and devotion to community of these Korean matriarchs inspired us.

    Haenyeo Restaurant is our homage to these remarkable women. At Haenyeo’s helm is restaurateur and chef Jenny Kwak. A true pioneer in demystifying Korean cuisine, Jenny introduced authentic Korean homecooking to downtown’s hip East Village, with Dok Suni’s (“strong women” named after her mother) and to the West Village with DoHwa.