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‘Great storyteller’ Amy Tan to visit Grass Valley

Local bookstores are trumpeting the arrival of internationally known novelist Amy Tan this weekend. Her previous works, including “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Kitchen God’s Wife” and the “Bonesetter’s Daughter,” sit on display next to her latest achievement, “Saving Fish From Drowning.”

Tan is on a national tour publicizing the paperback release of “Saving Fish From Drowning.” She will make a special appearance at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Grass Valley at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 21, as part of Wordslingers, the annual literary event of Literature Alive!

“She’s coming to Grass Valley because she has a number of close friends here. That’s why she’s gracing us with her presence. We’re doing our best to do right by her,” said Maxima Kahn, member of Literature Alive!

While Tan is selling out halls with a 1,000 seats elsewhere across the country, locals will get a chance to hear her speak in Grass Valley’s Veteran’s Hall. Only about half the seats have been filled so far.

Tan will read from her latest novel, “Saving Fish From Drowning,” and give a talk about her life. There will be a question and answer period followed by a book signing.

“She’s very lively, charming and eccentric. She has a wonderful personality,” said Kahn of the highly sought-after writer and public speaker.

In her latest novel, Tan departs from the mother-daughter relationships of past novels. She tells the story of a group of American tourists heading to Burma accompanied in spirit by a friend who was mysteriously murdered just before the start of the trip. Soon the group is lost in the jungle, where they meet a tribe waiting for a mythical book of wisdom to save them.

“Amy Tan is among our great storytellers,” wrote the New York Times Book Review.

“A book that’s easy to read and hard to forget,” wrote “Newsweek.”

Amy Tan was born in Oakland, the child of two Chinese immigrants. No stranger to tragedy in her life, she lost her father and brother to brain tumors when she was a young adolescent. Her mother fell ill to Alzheimer’s and her best friend to cancer after her best-selling novel, “The Hundred Secret Senses,” was released in 1995. She spent five painful years caring for them before releasing “The Bonesetter’s Daughter.”

The San Francisco novelist became well known for “The Joy Luck Club.” The book was the longest-running best seller on the New York Times hardcover list for 1989 and has been translated into 25 languages. It was made into a major motion picture.

Maxima Kahn contributed to this story

WHO: Literature Alive! Presents internationally acclaimed writer Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club” and “Bonesetter’s Daughter”

WHAT: Wordslinger’s 2006 featuring an evening with Amy Tan

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Grass Valley

TICKETS: Main auditorium – $25 in advance/ $30 at the door/ $22 for Literature Alive! Members (with membership card)/ $15 bleacher seats

Ticket outlets: Nevada City Ð Harmony Books, Keeping Still Mountain, Words on Paper; Grass Valley Ð The Book Seller, Booktown Books and Tomes

On the Web: brownpapertickets.com

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