Carolyn See celebrates 80th birthday

Carolyn See celebrates 80th birthday

(Courtesy of Lisa See)

Carolyn See, a longtime book reviewer for The Washington Post, celebrated her 80th birthday on Sunday. The party on the Santa Monica Pier in California was hosted by her daughters, Clara Sturak and the novelist Lisa See. Among the invited guests were cultural critic Leo Braudy, LA Times film critic Kenny Turan, producer Charlie Hauck and Red Hen Press publisher Kate Gale.

After the party, LA Times book critic David Ulin said, “It was a celebration of a woman and a writer who has been absolutely central in LA letters, with friends from many generations, going back to junior high school and as young as her great-grandson.”

See is well-known to readers of The Post, which has published her book reviews for decades. Her first review appeared in The Post on Sept. 3, 1987. (It was C.Y. Lee’s “China Saga.”) Since then, her byline has appeared in our pages hundreds of times. It was only in 2012, after recovering from an illness, that she stopped reviewing every Friday and moved to “just” two reviews a month.

It was a wonderful reading last night at Boston Court, very well attended. Good times. The book tour has launched. Time to celebrate. But this weekend, I have a marathon to run.

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