WRITER: ALEX CAREY
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 23, 2001
Best-selling author Amy Tan will read at the UI March 9
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Amy Tan, author of "The Joy Luck Club" and other
best-selling books, will read from her new novel, "The Bonesetters
Daughter," at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 in Buchanan Auditorium of the University
of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The reading -- part of
the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating on the UI radio
station WSUI, 910 AM -- will be free and open to the public.
Tan wrote the novels "The Kitchen Gods Wife" and "The
Hundred Secret Senses," and two childrens books, "The Moon
Lady" and "The Chinese Siamese Cat." "The Joy Luck Club"
was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Award,
and was adapted for the screen. It won the Commonwealth Gold Award and the
Bay Area Book Reviewers Award.
In "The Bonesetters Daughter" Tan tells the story of a Chinese-American
writer from San Francisco whose mother is diagnosed with Alzheimers
disease. The novel, which is set in contemporary San Francisco and a Chinese
village before World War II, chronicles the writers attempts to learn
about her mothers past before the disease erases her memories.
Tans own mother, Daisy, was diagnosed with Alzheimers just before
Tan began writing the novel. At the same time her longtime editor, Faith Sale,
was in the midst of a fatal bout with cancer.
"I was going back and forth, taking care of and being with my editor
and with my mother, and thinking a lot about what endures and how you find
people and lose them at the same time," Tan told the Philadelphia Inquirer
in a recent interview.
Poet Nancy Willard, who reviewed "The Bonesetters Daughter"
for the New York Times, says the "splendid new novel abounds not only
with tellers and listeners but with people who truly understand stories and
people who preserve them."
Tans short stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic, Grand
Street, Harpers, The New Yorker and the Threepenny Review. She co-wrote
the screenplay for the film version of "The Joy Luck Club," which
was released in 1994.
For more information about this event, call Prairie Lights at 319-337-2681.
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