Everyone's Reading 2016 Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Everyone’s Reading is a community wide reading program sponsored by metro Detroit public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties. Now in its fifteenth year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialog through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

In 1937 Shanghai—the Paris of Asia—twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America. Though inseparable best friends, the sisters also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are—Shanghai girls.

This year for the first time, we are partnering with the Detroit Institute of Arts and its Art + Authors program.  The DIA will host an author appearance April 12 and two book discussions April 15 and 16.  More information about Art + Authors may be found on the DIA website.

Author Appearances

You are invited to hear Lisa See speak about Shanghai Girls and her experiences as a writer. All tickets are free but limited. A variety of titles by the author will be available for purchase and signing. 

For a list of this year’s Everyone’s Reading programs, check www.cantonpl.org or go to www.everyonesreading.org.

Monday, April 11 at 7 PM

The Smith Theatre—Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus

27055 Orchard Lake Road • Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334

Tickets available from Canton Public Library Information Desk. 

Tuesday, April 12 at 11 AM

Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue • Detroit, Michigan 48202

Tickets to the DIA-hosted author appearance are free of charge and open to anyone in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Order tickets online or by calling (313) 833-4005.

Tuesday, April 12 at 7 PM

Temple Beth El

7400 Telegraph Road • Bloomfield Township, Michigan 48301

Tickets available from Canton Public Library Information Desk. 

Tea from China — Sunday April 17, 1:00 PM

Join Barbara Gulley of Barb’s TEA Shop Seminars for a special presentation and tea tasting!

Participants will learn about the origins of tea and the Chinese tea ceremony. Barb will share how the Chinese tea ceremony compares to the Japanese tea ceremony and its evolution to the British afternoon tea. Four Chinese tea tastings will be included. Registration is required and will open March 26, 2016.

Book Discussions

Lunch and a Book — Thursday, April 14, 12:00 to 1:00 PM.  No registration required.

Detroit Institute of Arts Art + Author's — Friday, April 15 OR Saturday, April 16, 10:30 to noon.  Register at DIA.org