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Oct. 26, 2005

Author Amy Tan To Speak At UI

Amy Tan, author of the novels "The Joy Luck Club," "The Hundred Secret Senses," and her latest, "Saving Fish From Drowning," will speak at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Englert Theatre.

Admission is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. A book signing will follow her appearance.

Tan first came to prominence in 1989 with "The Joy Luck Club," a novel about the relationships between Chinese Women and their Chinese-American daughters. The book received wide critical acclaim, topped the New York Times bestseller list for weeks and was later made into an award winning movie of the same name.

Other books by Tan include "The Kitchen God's Wife" and "The Bonesetter's Daughter." She has also written two children's books, one of which "Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat," was developed into a popular children's series on PBS.

Her latest, "Saving Fish From Drowning," is about 12 Americans traveling the Burma Road through Myanmar without their tour guide, Bibi Chen, a San Francisco socialite who was murdered shortly before the trip begins. Bibi narrates from the grave as she watches her friends get lost in the jungle, deal with the Myanmar dictatorship and be taken captive by a tribe that believe one of the traveling party's members is a god.

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa Lecture Committee.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the committee at 319-335-3255.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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