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Meet the Children's Book Authors: Susan Tan and Debbi Michiko Florence

  • Pao Arts Center 99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)

Children’s book authors Susan Tan and Debbi Michiko Florence introduce their heroines, Cilla Lee-Jenkins and Jasmine Toguchi, in this family-friendly book reading with fun hands-on activities. Books will be available for sale (or pre buy your book below) and Susan and Debbi will be on hand to autograph them. 

$10 suggested donation per family. All ages welcome.

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About Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire: Priscilla "Cilla" Lee-Jenkins is 50% Chinese, 50% Caucasian, and 100% destined for literary greatness.  She’s also on a deadline -- Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her baby sister is born and her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best—herself! Join Cilla as she writes her memoirs, makes friends, and considers what it means to be an older sister.

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About Jasmine Toguchi Super Sleuth: Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess maker. Join this spunky 8-year-old Japanese American girl as she challenges her bossy big sister, makes up with her best friend, and celebrates Japanese traditions with friends and family. In SUPER SLEUTH, Jasmine must figure out why her best friend is mad at her in time to celebrate Girl’s Day.

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About the Authors:

Susan Tan has lived many places in her life, but calls Concord, Massachusetts, home. She grew up in a mixed-race family, and, like Cilla Lee-Jenkins, had very little hair until the age of five. After studying at Williams College, she earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied children's literature. She currently lives in Somerville, enjoys frequent trips to Chinatown to eat tzuck sang, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire is her first book.


Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of a new chapter book series about a Japanese American girl. Before starting her writing, she worked at a pet store, volunteered as a raptor rehabilitator, interned as a zookeeper’s aide, taught fifth grade, and was the Associate Curator of Education for the Detroit Zoo. A third generation Japanese-American and a native Californian, Florence was born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

Later Event: October 30
SOLD OUT Myers + Chang at BCNC