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Tofu Takes Time Book Launch with Helen H. Wu and Avid bookseller Julie Jarema

Tofu Takes Time by Helen H. Wu and Julie Jarema
Event date: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Avid Bookshop's Zoom

Avid Bookshop is overjoyed to present a children's picture book event featuring Tofu Takes Time by Helen H. Wu and Avid bookseller Julie Jarema. This reading and conversation will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 7pm - 8pm ET on Zoom.

To attend, purchase a ticket (or scroll to the bottom of this page to request a no-cost ticket). You will receive a Zoom link via email at 6pm ET, one hour before the event begins at 7pm ET. (Don't see it? Check your spam folder!) Please get your tickets early, as ticket sales will be cut off at 7pm ET on the day of the event (April 19, 2022).

We have 3 ticketing options:

  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket & book bundle (including a copy of Tofu Takes Time)
  • Pay-What-You-Can ticket only (no book)
  • No-cost ticket to get Zoom event access only (no book)



Pre-orders of Tofu Takes Time will come with a special bonus: a 5”x7” print, bookmark, food stickers, and a bookplate signed by the author and illustrator created just for Tofu Takes Time! These will be given out with pre-orders from Avid Bookshop, so don't miss your chance.


Homemade tofu is good, and good things take time.

CLICK CLACK WHIRRRR . . . Lin and her grandma, NaiNai, are making tofu from scratch! When NaiNai goes through each step, from blending soybeans with water to molding curd into shape, Lin gradually becomes impatient. But she soon discovers that making tofu not only takes time, but also takes the whole universe! It takes the seed from soil and sunshine, the cloth from thread and fiber, weight and space, books of words and pictures. And most of all, it takes spending lovely time with her beloved grandmother.

In this charming tale by Helen H. Wu, illustrated by Julie Jarema, readers will marvel at how patience brings a whole universe together in a simple dish made by a modern Chinese American family. Perfect for fans of Fry Bread, Drawn Together and Thank You, Omu


Helen H. Wu is a children's book author, illustrator, and translator. She was born and raised in Hefei, China, and now lives in San Diego, California. As a proud first-generation immigrant, Helen loves to share inspiring stories from her own immigrant experience. Her proudest moments are when her own two children listen patiently to her stories again and again.


Julie Jarema is an illustrator, writer, and bookseller. She graduated from Bard College with a degree in Written Arts. When she's not making up stories, you can find her going on backyard adventures, sending snail mail, or practicing her circus skills.

(As part of her Avid bookseller job, Julie is the Avid Book Subscriptions manager, and we are beside ourselves with excitement for our coworker's debut picture book!)

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By Helen H. Wu, Julie Jarema (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506480350
Availability: May be on our shelves (or available in 5-10 business days)
Published: Beaming Books - April 19th, 2022

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