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Reconstructing Memory: Amy Tan and Family History

Meet the Author
L: Amy Tan (Rick Smolan/Against All Odds Productions). R: Amy Tan’s grandmother circa 1925 (Amy Tan’s private family archives).

Amy Tan is one of the most prominent Chinese American authors, best known for such novels as The Joy Luck Club. In her latest book, The Valley of Amazement, she finds inspiration from her family's history, especially from early 1900's-era Shanghai. She will be joined by Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, to discuss the reconstruction of memory and family stories for fiction writing.

Followed by a book sale and signing.

Read an excerpt from The Valley of Amazement.

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Event Details

Thu 6 Mar 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm

725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York, NY

$10 members; $12 seniors/students with ID; $15 nonmembers