Amy Tan - Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir — at Sixth & I

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Tan’s memoir is full of vivid stories about her childhood in California, her relatives in China, the losses of her father and older brother when she was fifteen, and the secret of the family her mother left behind in Shanghai. Many of these stories echo details from Tan’s award-winning novels, especially The Joy Luck Club. But here, the stories are dictated by memory, not imagination, and in telling them Tan is doing more than providing backstory to her narratives. Drawing on her own journals and the letters she exchanged with her mother, Tan explores the fine and meandering line between real life and art, and her eloquent book is at once a revealing self-portrait and a fascinating look at how fiction grows from and transforms experience.

Tan will be in conversation with Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and author of the now-classic You Just Don’t Understand and, most recently, You’re the Only One I Can Tell.

Sixth & I and Politics & Prose present this program in partnership with The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University. Named in honor of the late American writer and cultural commentator—known as National Public Radio’s “voice of books”—who taught at GMU for almost thirty years, and dear friend of Amy Tan’s, the Cheuse Center celebrates the art of creative writing as a means of international dialogue, education, and understanding. 

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1 Ticket: $18
1 Book and 1 Ticket: $35; $33 for members
1 Book and 2 Tickets: $45; $43 for members
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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Non Fiction
Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir Cover Image
By Amy Tan
ISBN: 9780062319296
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ecco - October 17th, 2017

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