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Author Lisa See, whose bestsellers range from memoirs to mysteries, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Women's Studies annual dinner Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Webb University Center at Old Dominion University.

"An Evening with Lisa See" begins at 6 p.m. with a reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the reception and dinner; student tickets are $10. Make reservations by Monday, Feb. 14, by calling the Old Dominion University women's studies department at 683-3823.

See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles, listening to stories told by her grandmother and great-aunt in Chinatown. See's first book, "On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family," (1995) traces the journey of her great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame numerous obstacles to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family. It was a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book of 1995.

Two years later, See launched her acclaimed Liu Hulan series of mystery novels. The series includes "Flower Net" (1997), "The Interior" (2000) and "Dragon Bones" (2003). "Flower Net," a murder mystery set in today's China, became a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 1997, and on the Los Angeles Times Best Books list for 1997. Paramount Pictures bought the film rights to the story.

Her upcoming novel, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" (summer 2005), is about "nu shu," the secret writing used for more than 1,000 years by women in a small county in China.

This article was posted on: February 11, 2005

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