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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.

Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange

Postponed New Date TBD

 

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.