Amy Tan with Laurie Frankel

March 1989, the Pioneer Square basement of Elliott Bay. Who would ever have guessed, at what was Amy Tan’s very first reading for her very first book, The Joy Luck Club, that 28 years and ten bestselling, critically acclaimed books later, she would be making the rounds for a wonderful memoir on writing, life, memory? On the other hand, based on what that first audience saw, and what those readers of that first book read, who would have doubted that one day she would be back thus, the book she is here at Central Library for being Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (Ecco)?

So the tale is told, as only Amy Tan can, and has here. “In this wise and profound memoir, novelist Tan (The Joy Luck Club, etc.), now 65, looks back on her life, illuminating the path that led her to writing. Tan’s fans and writers of all kinds will find her latest work fascinating; she explores how her writing has evolved, and how memory sparks imagination … The memoir reveals that, for Tan, the past is ever present, serving as a wellspring of emotion and writing inspiration.” - Publishers Weekly.

Onstage with Amy Tan in conversation will be much-loved Seattle novelist Laurie Frankel, most recently the author of This Is How It Always Is. Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Central Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
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