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Amy Tan discusses "Where the Past Begins"
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, 7 – 8:10 p.m.
Amy Tan discusses "Where the Past Begins"
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin 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.
DescriptionIn "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.

Amy 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.

Tan will appear in conversation with local writer, Laurie Frankel. Laurie 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.
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NotesAmy Tan Signing Guidelines

No flash photography, or photography of any kind during the formal event.

Amy is happy to personalize your book.
No posed photos during the signing. Photos from line are permitted, but please do not use flash photography or red eye reduction.

There isn’t a limit to how many books you can have signed, but we ask that patrons with more than 3 books should let other patrons move through the signing line first.

Guidelines are subject to change.

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.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
Contact Phone206-386-4636
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Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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