Posted on 13 December 2013.
By Vivian Miezianko
Northwest Asian Weekly
On the evening of Dec. 5, enthusiastic readers of all ages, clad in coats and scarves, attended a reading by bestselling author Amy Tan at the University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle. Read the full story
Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Features, Profiles, Vol 32 No 51 | 12/14-12/20
Posted on 29 November 2013.
Author Amy Tan will read from and sign copies of her new book, “The Valley of Amazement,” published by Harper, at a book signing at the University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle, on Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.
Tan is on a book tour to promote her new book, which follows the intertwined fates of two women and their search for identity through the lavish parlors of Shanghai to the foggy mountains of a remote Chinese village.
The story covers more than 40 years and two continents, resurrecting pivotal episodes in history — from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, and the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement. The deeply evocative narrative about the profound connections between mothers and daughters will return readers to the compelling territory of Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club.” Tan’s characteristic insight and humor conjures a story of “inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and stubbornness of love.” (end)
The University Temple Church is located at 1415 N.E. 43rd St. in Seattle. For more information, call 206-545-4359.
Posted in Briefs, Vol 32 No 49 | 11/30-12/6
Posted on 02 February 2012.
By Clair Phillips
UW News Lab
It may be hard for some to believe, but Amy Tan, famed author of “The Joy Luck Club,” belongs to a rock band and has made a guest appearance on the animated series “The Simpsons.”
On Jan. 12, the distinguished author began her lecture at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall by noting these particular personal attributes. Her lecture was titled, “Creative Minds Do Not Think Alike.”
Donna Hjertberg, an attendee, thought Tan was really funny and took away the message of “persistence” from the lecture. Having read Tan’s work in the past, Hiertberg said, “I’m inspired to go back and read more.”
“The Joy Luck Club” was made into a successful film in 1993. Tan’s other well-known books include “The Kitchen God’s Wife,” “The Hundred Secret Senses,” and “The Bonesetter’s Daughter.” She has also written books for children, including “Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat.” Read the full story
Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Profiles, Vol 31 No 6 | 2/4-2/10