SOLD OUT--- Vroman's Bookstore presents An Evening with author Amy Tan at UCLA


Vroman's Bookstore presents An Evening with author Amy Tan, interviewed by LA Times Op-Ed Columnist, Patt Morrison

A new novel from Amy Tan is always cause for celebration, and The Valley of Amazement —her first novel in eight years—finds the beloved writer working at the peak of her powers. Tapping her signature concerns, including the confluence and clash between East and West, the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, and the destiny of strong women navigating a world mapped by men, Tan has fashioned a muscular, multi-generational novel set at the beginning of the last century, which moves between the circumscribed lives of Shanghai Courtesans, a remote mountain village in China, and the rough-and-tumble streets of San Francisco. This sweeping yet intimate story of family secrets and the legacy of past traumas evokes the themes Tan first introduced to readers in The Joy Luck Club.

A sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village. The Valley of Amazement spans more than forty years and two continents, telling the story of the profound connections between mothers and daughters.

"So, how was it? I read The Valley of Amazement quickly, intrigued by the concentric tales. It's akin to her earlier work, yet more sophisticated, and a fine reminder that Amy Tan is herself a master of illusion, and one of the best storytellers around."--- Jane Ciabattari, NPR Books

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, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.

Patt Morrison is a longtime Los Angeles Times writer and columnist, where she has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She is a multiple Emmy- and Golden Mike-winning public radio and television host, and author of the best-selling nonfiction book, Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River.

Event Details (Updated 11/20/13):

-  This event will be held at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, California, 90095 Doors open at 6pm, event starts at 7pm.

-Tickets are now available through Vroman's main store Will Call Department, Vroman's Hastings Ranch, and Book Soup.

-  Tickets are $35.00 per person and include a copy of The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan.

-  The book signing portion is limited to each guest's (1) copy of The Valley of Amazement and one additional title.

-  Please call our Will Call Department at (626)449-5320 for more information.

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
405 Hilgard Avenue
UCLA Freud Playhouse
90095 Los Angeles