Two Lives in Language:
Amy Tan and Deborah Tannen in Conversation
Monday, March 3, 2014
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Folger Shakespeare Library – Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 (map)
Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.
In an advanced review of Tan’s highly anticipated new novel, The Valley of Amazement, Edward Cone writes “This utterly engrossing novel is highly recommended to all readers who appreciate an author’s ability to transport them to a new world.” You can watch Amy Tan’s 2008 Ted Talk on the nature of the creative process here, and find more news and information about the author on her website.
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Deborah Tannen’s books include You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, You’re Wearing THAT? (about mothers and daughters), Talking from 9 to 5 (about workplace communication), I Only Say This Because I Love You (about adult family relationships), and You Were Always Mom’s Favorite! (about sisters). She has also published poems, short stories, and personal essays. Her play “An Act of Devotion” is included in Best American Short Plays 1993– 1994. She is professor of linguistics at Georgetown University.
A reviewer of You just Don’t Understand in the Baltimore Sun writes that, “Tannen’s very talented ear allows her to see inside our most intense relationships using the windows of our words.”
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