The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Amy Tan

When the NEA welcomed three new books to the Big Read library last fall---Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake , Charles Portis's True Grit, and Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North--- we asked the writers if they had particular ties to any of the other Big Read titles. Lahiri spoke about having...
Actress Ming-Na in the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club (1993). Amy Tan was born in 1952 in Oakland, California, to Chinese parents who had recently immigrated to the United States. The daughter of a Baptist minister and a traditionally strict mother, Tan heard stories as a child that would...
Ann Angel. Photo by Shannon Wucherer In the days of Facebook and text messages, capturing a teenager's attention can seem like a Herculean task, particularly in the literary realm. Yet writer Ann Angel has successfully built her career on that ever finicky YA market. She has written biographies of...
Amy Tan. Photo by Robert Foothorap Amy Tan is one of those rare writers who has achieved enormous popularity and critical acclaim. Her books include The Kitchen?s God Wife and The Bonesetter?s Daughter. But it was her first book, The Joy Luck Club , that put her on the literary map. The Joy Luck...
Washington, DC "Read" by flickr user markhillary The 2011-2012 Big Read grantees were announced this morning , which means it's time to start gearing up for our sixth season of the program. As always, we look forward to seeing how our 76 grant recipients will use creative new ways to engage their...
Washington, DC Photo of Amy Tan by Robert Foothorap The design of The Joy Luck Club is both richly complex and elegantly simple. The stories that comprise the novel form chapters that alternate between China and America. As the starting point, Amy Tan uses the lives of the women in her family, and...
Tampa, Florida Amy Tan. Photo by Bob Shonbrun Tampa's Hillsborough County Public Library kicked off its second Big Read May 1 with a special event emceed by local television news reporter, Elizabeth Dinh, featuring a guest appearance by Amy Tan. The Joy Luck Club author was back the next day at the...
Washington, DC Portrait of Edith Wharton, photographer unknown. From the collection of the Library of Congress. Although on the surface Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club may not seem to have much in common, each novel is---in its own way---an investigation of the...
October 2 , 2009 Washington, DC The Art of Tea at the Gillis Branch Library during Fresno Public Library's Big Read of The Joy Luck Club . Photo by Roberta Barton Here's a short take from novelist-critic-scholar Carolyn See on what makes Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club read-worthy. [Amy Tan] listened...
September 2 , 2009 Washington, DC By e_walk from Flickr While ostensibly focused on two different cultures, Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club actually have a lot in common. Both novels are comprised of interconnected stories, which layer the past and future to explore...

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