October 3 2006
Tan catapulted to success with her 1989 bestseller "The Joy Luck Club," which explores the relationships between Chinese women and their Chinese-American daughters. Through word-of-mouth endorsements by independent booksellers, it became a surprise bestseller, logging more than 40 weeks on the New York Times list. Though Tan wrote the book as a collection of linked short stories, reviewers referred to the book as an intricately woven "novel." It was adapted into a feature film in 1994, for which Tan was a co-screenwriter with Ron Bass and a co-producer with Bass and Wayne Wang.
Tan's other works include "The Kitchen God's Wife" (1991), "The Hundred Secret Senses" (1995), "The Bonesetter's Daughter" (2001) and "The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings" (2003). Tan has published two books for children, "The Moon Lady" (1995) and "Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat" (2001), which was developed into a children's series for PBS. Her newest novel, "Saving Fish from Drowning" was recently released in paperback.
In addition to being a writer, Tan is the lead singer for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band made up of fellow writers including Dave Barry, Stephen King, Mitch Albom, and Scott Turow, who make selected appearances in support of children's literacy programs.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Contact: Linda Crossett, University Speaker Series, 812.237.8479 Mark Edwards, Marketing & Communications, 812.237.8512
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Acclaimed Novelist Amy Tan will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium as part of the 2006 - 2007 University Speakers Series. A reception and booksigning is planned immediately following her presentation in Heritage Lounge.