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Amy Tan

Amy Tan

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Tues. May 14, Amy Tan joins the National Writers Series

 

Born in the U.S. in 1952 to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She attended five colleges: Linfield College, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and University of California at Berkeley.

In 1987, Amy went to China for the first time, accompanied by her mother. When she returned home, she learned that she had received several offers based on her submission of three short stories. The resulting book of connected stories,The Joy Luck Club, was hailed as a novel and became a surprise bestseller, spending over forty weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Amy has lectured internationally at universities, including Stanford, Oxford, Jagellonium, and Georgetown both in Washington, DC and Doha, Qatar. She did a TED talk on creativity and spoke at the White House, appeared on the popular NPR program Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, as well as on Sesame Street.and in the documentary Boomers. The National Endowment for the Arts chose The Joy Luck Club for its inaugural Big Read program in 2007. Read her full bio here.

Barbara McQuade

Barbara McQuade

(IN PERSON AT THE CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Mon., March 11, Barbara McQuade joins the National ...

 

Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in criminal  law, criminal procedure, national security, and data privacy. She is also a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and a co-host of the podcast #SistersInLaw. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. McQuade was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. Earlier in her career, she worked as a sports writer and copy editor, a  judicial law clerk, an associate in private practice, and an assistant U.S. attorney. She and her husband, Dan Hurley, have four children and live in Ann Arbor.

Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange

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Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California. His first book, There There, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the 2019 American Book Award. He lives in Oakland, California.

Hampton Sides

Hampton Sides

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Wed. May 1, Hampton Sides joins the National Writers Series

 

Hampton Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside and the author of the bestselling histories Hellhound on his Trial, Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative that sold over a million copies worldwide and translated into a dozen foreign languages, was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. He is also a contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three college-aged boys—Griffin, McCall, and Graham.

Twin Flames: Burned! A Survivor and Cult Expert Speak Out

Twin Flames: Burned! A Survivor and Cult Expert Speak Out

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Thurs. Feb. 22, Janja lalich and Keely Griffin joins the ...

Janja Lalich, Ph.D. is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups, with a particular focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social movements, ideology, and social control, and issues of gender and sexuality. She has been a consultant to educational, mental health, business, media, and legal professionals, as well as having worked with current members, former members, and families of members of controversial groups.

A former Fulbright scholar, Dr. Lalich is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at California State University, Chico, where in 2007 she was awarded the Professional Achievement Honor. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Research on Influence and Control. She has a Master’s in Human Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.

Keely Griffin is one of the survivors bravely sharing her experience inside the TFU cult. In addition to exposing TFU, she aspires to advocate for fellow survivors in the legal system and contribute to the education and legislation around coercive control.”

Don Winslow

Don Winslow

(IN PERSON AT CITY OPERA HOUSE & LIVESTREAMED) On Sun., April 7, Don Winslow joins the National Writers Series

Don Winslow made an early living by guiding photo safaris in Kenya and hiking expeditions in China, directing Shakespeare productions in England, managing a movie theater, and working as a private eye and a trial consultant. After publishing his first novels, he branched into television and film with his friend Shane Salerno. Together they wrote UC/Undercover and collaborated on the screenplay of his novel, Savages, made into a feature film by Oliver Stone. The Death and Life of Bobby Z was made into a film, too.

Winslow is the international bestselling author of 25 award-winning, international bestsellers. Many are destined for the small and big screen, including his epic Cartel trilogy, The Winter of Frankie Machine, Satori, City on Fire, City of Dreams, City in Ruins, the Boone Daniels series, and Working Title (“Crime 101”).  He recently wrote a series of award-winning short stories for Audible narrated by Ed Harris. Winslow has also published short stories and columns in Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Esquire and many others. He lives in California with his wife of 31 years.