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Amy Tan discusses “Where the Past Begins”
October 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm
Join us to hear Amy Tan, the New York Times-bestselling author of “The Joy Luck Club,” discuss her memoir about life as a writer and the relationship between fiction and emotional memory. Tan will talk with Laurie Frankel, Author.
In “Where the Past Begins,” bestselling author of “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Valley of Amazement”, Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels.
Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia—the real reason behind an IQ test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother—and, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen. With candor and Tan’s characteristic humor, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer’s mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning.
Tan is the author of “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Kitchen God’s Wife,” “The Hundred Secret Senses,” “The Bonesetter’s Daughter,” “The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life,” “Saving Fish from Drowning,” and two children’s books, “The Moon Lady” and “The Chinese Siamese Cat,” which was adapted into a PBS television series. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of “The Joy Luck Club.” Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into thirty-five languages.
Frankel is the bestselling, award-winning author of three novels, including, most recently, “This Is How It Always Is.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and many other publications. She lives in Seattle with her family.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5 p.m.