The Tea was very pretty and for some reason I was so distracted by the lovely drinks, macaroons, and itty bitty tea sandwiches that I forgot to actually take a picture of them >.< This event was in celebration of the release of Lisa See's Dreams of Joy. Most of my readers may not know Lisa See since she isn't sci-fi or fantasy. She's a literary author who writes books set in historical China.
Dreams of Joy is a sequel to Shanghai Girls although according to Lisa, this book can be read on its own. This book examines the bond between mother and daughter, and is apparently the only book with a scene where Lisa cries every time she edits a certain scene in the book.
Lisa talking about her new book.
I discovered Lisa See with her book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan a few years ago, and my heart jumped for joy at a novel set in China with Chinese characters that was beautifully written. This book is being made into a movie, which will be released on July 15, 2011. (Trailer Below)
Besides Dreams of Joy, there were also a number of other literary books which were given away at the event. I didn't take a copy of all of them so there were a few more that aren't pictured below. I'm particularly excited about Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which I've been wanting to read for some time now.
There was also an ARC of Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which is about a girl who is very good with flowers. She grew up in the foster system, and now, at 18 is emancipated but has a dark past which must be confronted. (yay meta-summarizing again).
On a side note, I got the chance to meet Steph of Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust, which was pretty awesome. I actually got a chance to see Steph a couple more times on the convention floor yesterday, but more about that later!
Woh! I'm actually in a photo. I'm the one on the left. Steph is therefore the other one.
So, that was the Reader Tea! I will catch you guys later ^.^ I need to get to the convention again today heh~~