The characters so brilliantly brought to life in Lisa Sees book Shanghai Girls continue their journey in Dreams of Joy. This time Pearl, who along with her sister May, was featured in Shanghai Girls, is chasing her stubborn and much-too-modern daughter, Joy, who has left Los Angeles and is headed to China in order to find her father and throw herself into the Communist political system that gripped that country in 1957. See will read from and sign copies of Dreams of Joy, which has been receiving enthusiastic praise (the Los Angeles Times called it a stunningly researched epic). 7 p.m. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-439-0051 or visit www.asiasociety.org. Free.
Mon., June 20, 7 p.m., 2011