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La Jollans pack Warwick’s for book signing

A large group of literary types gathered at Warwick’s bookstore recently for a reading and signing featuring New York Times best-selling author Lisa See. La Jolla marked the last stop in See’s six-week cross-country tour to promote her latest novel, “Shanghai Girls.”

The bookstore was overflowing with 175 fans who filled the chairs, lined the floors and spilled out onto Girard Avenue. See not only discussed the inspiration for “Shanghai Girls,” but she also talked about what it took to research the novel and how that research has allowed her to get to know and understand her Chinese ancestors. The sizable crowd applauded when they learned that See is working on the sequel to “Shanghai Girls.” The lecture was followed by a book signing.

Earlier that afternoon, 100 people visited the bookstore for Howard Dean’s book signing.

See has been an important part of the literary scene for years, but she developed a substantial fan base when her novel “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” was released in 2005 and landed immediately on the best-seller’s list.

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For more information on the author, visit her Web site www.lisasee.com. To find out more about upcoming reading events, visit

www.warwicks.com