Rancho Santa Fe Library to present fundraiser featuring author Lisa See

The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, in partnership with Warwick’s of La Jolla, will host a special event, “Conversation and Lunch with Lisa See” on Thursday, March 12. This is the guild’s main fundraiser for the year and space is limited.

See, a New York Times best-selling author, will present an animated talk about her latest book “China Dolls,” followed by a question and answer session. Tickets are available to both members and non-members.

The sit-down lunch will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club where Chinese cuisine will be served and colorful Oriental-themed decor will provide a fitting ambiance. Guests will receive a copy of the paperback version of “China Dolls,” which See will be happy to personalize, said Susan Appleby, guild membership and development manager.

The event committee – led by Ways and Means chair Susan Stone Hayes and board member Vivien U, assisted by Suzanne Johnson, Susan Bailey Cowan, and Kathy Henry – organized the luncheon.

Sponsorship for the event is being provided by Donald E. Johnson III of Wells Fargo Advisors, Rancho Santa Fe, and realtor Eveline Bustillos of Coldwell Banker, Rancho Santa Fe.

Appleby had been talking with Warwick’s about the concept of doing a fundraiser of this type for the past two years. “It was a case of getting the right author and the right timing,” she said.

“Because we are the library, the board in the last two years has made it a priority for all guild events to be either educational or literary,” said Appleby, “so this is a great fit.”

See is scheduled to speak at the San Diego Public Library on the evening of March 12 and was more than willing to also talk at the guild’s luncheon on the same day, said Julie Slavinsky, Warwick’s Director of Events and Community Relations who acted as liaison in securing See’s participation.

The plot of “China Dolls” follows three young women from very different backgrounds who meet by chance at the glamorous Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco. Set in 1938, as San Francisco’s world fair is preparing to open and a war is developing overseas, the girls become closely bound in friendship, relying on one another through life’s challenges and their respective changed courses in destiny.

See’s earlier novels include “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”; “Peony in Love”; “Flower Net”; “Dragon Bones”; and the memoir “On Gold Mountain.” She has received many accolades for her skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate.

In her talk she will include the background of how she develops a story, the writing process and her research, said Slavinsky. “Lisa also explains the real events that bring her fictional stories to life,” she added.

The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose purpose and mission is to raise funds and provide support for the Rancho Santa Fe Library. This year represents its 50th year of support for the library and a special 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Drive has just launched. Any donations to the fund will be fully tax-deductible.

Tickets for the luncheon and talk are available at the guild’s website and start at $85 per person. Registration on the day of the event, March 12, is open at 11 a.m., seating begins at 11:30 a.m. The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club is located at 5827 Via De La Cumbre, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. This event will sell out early; purchase tickets at or call (858) 756-4780.

Note: Lisa See will still be speaking at the San Diego Public Library on the evening of March 12.