Booktalk: Historical fiction writer Lisa See’s “The Island of Sea Women”

Chinese-American Lisa See’s 11th novel, The Island of Sea Women centers on the female friendship and family secrets of the Haenyeo.

For centuries, these female divers on South Korea’s Jeju island have made their living by harvesting seaweed and shellfish. Each woman’s dive lasts 2 to 3 minutes. To put that into perspective, how long can you hold your breath?


Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their words about their books and ideas and often the story behind the story. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, has been in production for over 20 years.