University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Amy Tan

Julian Johnson

Sally Krusing

Born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a succession of 12 homes by the time she graduated from high school. At age 15, she lost her older brother and father to brain tumors. After this tragedy, her mother, fearing a curse, impulsively took Amy and her younger brother to Europe to see the world. After several missteps, the three wanderers settled in Montreux, Switzerland.

Her first book, "The Joy Luck Club," became a surprise best-seller. Her other novels are "The Kitchen God's Wife," "The Hundred Secret Senses," "The Bonesetter's Daughter," "Saving Fish from Drowning" and "The Valley of Amazement," all New York Times best-sellers. She is also the author of a memoir, "The Opposite of Fate," two children’s books, "The Moon Lady" and "Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat" and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic. Amy lives with her husband and their two dogs in California and New York.

Her most recent work is "Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir."

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Scheduled events:
Writing the Past - Best in Memoirs
Mary Karr author of "The Liar's Club" and Amy Tan author of "The Joy Luck Club," come together to discuss memoir writing. Assistive listening devices available.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Mary Karr, Amy Tan
Moderator: Gay Vernon
Rock Bottom Remainders - Free Concert
On Saturday, March 10, immediately following the close of the festival. The outdoor concert will be at Jefferson Field. There will be food trucks, a cash bar, and plenty of space to dance!

Rock Bottom Remainders Outdoor Concert  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Panelists: Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Sam Barry, Gary Hirstius, Greg Iles, Mary Karr, Josh Kelly, Erasmo Paolo, Ridley Pearson, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Alan Zweibel

Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
October 2017
ISBN 9780062319296
224 pages
$28.99, INSTORE
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Joy Luck Club
Fiction / Literature
October 2016
ISBN 9780143129493
Paperback, 352 pages
$17.00, INSTORE
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Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

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