Author Amy Tan to Lecture at Cañada College March 25

Acclaimed author Amy Tan will lecture at Cañada College on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm in the Main Theater. The New York Times bestselling author's talk is titled, "The Inheritance of Secrets." 

Tickets are $50 for the lecture and a special reception sponsored by Moonstar Restaurant of Daly City or $30 for a general admission lecture ticket only. The reception, which will be held Cañada Vista beginning at 6 pm, includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to meet the author. Tickets can be purchased at  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/525244. Parking is free. All net proceeds benefit the Social Sciences Student Scholarship Fund at San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation

Following the lecture, Tan will autograph books. She will also have select books for sale.

Born in the US to immigrant parents from China, Tan rejected her mother's expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers.

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. Her work has been translated into 35 languages. Tan's new novel, The Valley of Amazement, was released last November.

Tan served as co-producer and co-screenwriter with Ron Bass for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club. She was the creative consultant for Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, an Emmy-nominated PBS television series for children, which aired worldwide.

Her story in the New Yorker, "Immortal Heart," was performed on stages throughout the US and in France. Tan appeared as herself in the animated series "The Simpsons." She wrote the libretto for an opera based on her novel, The Bonesetter's Daughter, music by Stewart Wallace. It had its world premiere at the San Francisco Opera in 2008. Her other musical work for the stage is limited to serving as lead rhythm dominatrix, backup singer, and second tambourine with the literary garage band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose members include Stephen King, Dave Barry, and Scott Turow. In spite of their dubious talent, their yearly gigs have managed to raise over a million dollars for literacy programs.

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