Episode 30: Two Lives in Language – Amy Tan & Deborah Tannen in Conversation

Amy Tan & Deborah Tannen - compositeEpisode 30 features an event we called “Two Lives in Language: Amy Tan & Deborah Tannen in Conversation.” The bestselling authors and longtime friends read from their work, discussed their relationship to the written word, and explored the ways in which their interests and careers have intersected over the long course of their friendship.

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck ClubThe Kitchen God’s WifeThe Hundred Secret SensesThe Bonesetter’s DaughterThe Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady andSagwa, 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.

Deborah Tannen’s books include You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in ConversationYou’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.

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Episode 29: The Heart of Things Human: Richard Ford in Conversation with Ron Charles

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Episode 29 features our April 10th event: The Heart of Things Human: An Evening with Richard Ford. The author was joined onstage at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, DC by the Washington Post‘s Ron Charles for an evening of discussion about Ford’s life and work. Ford read from his forthcoming work Let Me Be Frank With You, in which the author returns to the story of Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of three previous novels.

Richard Ford has published seven novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins and, most recently, Canada. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. Richard Ford lives in Maine with his wife, Kristina Ford.

Ron Charles (moderator) is the deputy editor of the Washington Post’s book section and a weekly fiction critic. Before coming to the Post, he was the Books Editor at the Christian Science Monitor. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism. He and his wife, an English teacher, live in Bethesda, Md.

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April 10, 2014: The Heart of Things Human: An Evening with Richard Ford, in conversation with Ron Charles

Richard Ford author photo - black and white - photo credit: Laura Wilson

The Heart of Things Human: 
An evening with Richard Ford

A reading & conversation moderated by Ron Charles

Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:30 PM

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Please note: This event will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, directly across East Capitol Street from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20003 

Full event and author information here.

Author photo: Laura Wilson