This year, Malden reads ‘The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane’
By Barbara Taormina
Members of Malden Reads visited the City Council this week to pass along copies of “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” this year’s choice for their One City, One Book program.
Organized by Malden Public Library and Malden Access Television, the program encourages everyone in Malden to read the same book and share their responses at different scheduled discussions, events, or just over lunch.
This year’s book, by New York Times best-selling author Lisa See, traces the experiences of a woman who becomes a tea master in China’s remote southwestern tea region along with the story of her daughter who is given up for adoption and raised in California. The novel has been praised for its exploration of family ties and its detailed description of the tea trade.
Caron Guigli, assistant director of Malden Public Library said See’s novel delves into themes such as progress, relationships between mothers and daughters and what it means to belong. Guigli said the novel was a good fit for a community as richly diverse as Malden.
“’The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane has won particular praise for its in-depth look at traditional Chinse culture,” she said.
Throughout the upcoming year, Malden reads will host a variety of community activities including calligraphy demonstrations, tea tastings, storytelling and conversations about family and cultural histories. The organization welcomes ideas for events from other community groups.
Now in its ninth year, the Malden Reads, One City, One Book program has continued o expand and draw new readers into its orbit.
Anne D’Urso of MATV said the program’s goals are to promote literacy and encourage a love of reading.
“Our program finds new ways to continue to connect people to each other, to organizations, to businesses and to new ideas and perspectives,” she said.