Lisa See, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” (2005), will be in Camden Tuesday, April 13 as part of the national book tour for her new novel, “Shanghai Girls.” The event, A Conversation with Lisa See, will take place at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1, at 7 p.m. with a dessert reception and book signing to follow. It is cosponsored by the opera house and Maine Literary Festival.

See always has been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten or deliberately covered up, whether in the past or in the world today. In “Shanghai Girls,” she once again delves into forgotten history. This time the setting is closer to home: Los Angeles’ Chinatown. “Shanghai Girls” is about two sisters, Pearl and May, who leave Shanghai in 1937 and go to Los Angeles in arranged marriages. It is a story of immigration, identity, war and love but, at its heart, a story of sisters.

See will speak about her complete body of work, with a focus on her new book, and will entertain a dialogue with the audience in a question and answer format. She will be introduced by New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, who lives in Camden and is a member of the Maine Literary Festival’s advisory committee. The event bookstore will be operated by the Owl & Turtle Bookstore, a co-sponsor.

Tickets are $18 in advance and may be purchased until 24 hours before the event at the Owl & Turtle; Left Bank Books, Searsport; the Camden Town Office, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and online at Tickets will be $20 at the door.

The Maine Literary Festival is a scholarship project of the Midcoast Branch of the American Association of University Women. All proceeds from the festival are used for the Midcoast AAUW’s scholarship program for young women and girls who might otherwise not be able to attend college.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to