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Atkinson Lecture Series Featuring Author Amy Tan

Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club; The Kitchen God's Wife; The Hundred Secret Senses; and The Bonesetter's Daughter, will speak Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University as part of the University's venerated Atkinson Lecture Series.

Tickets for the general public are $5 and will be available after Feb. 21 at the Information Center in Puttnam University Center open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations may also be made for will call tickets by calling 503-370-6300, also beginning Feb. 21.

The Joy Luck Club, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons in 1989, became the longest running title on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list for that year. It also was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It received the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Club Gold Award. The book has been translated into 25 languages including Chinese, and became a major motion picture.

Tan's second novel, The Kitchen God's Wife, published in 1991, soon became the number one best-seller on the New York Times hardcover list. It also appeared on the Canadian, British, Australian, Danish, Spanish, Norwegian, and German best-seller lists.

The Hundred Secret Senses, published in 1995, immediately appeared on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly stated, "Again grounding her novel in family and the workings of fate, Tan spins the tale of two sisters, two cultures, and several acts of betrayal . . . no one will deny the pleasure of Tan's seductive prose and the skill with which she unfolds the many-layered narrative."

Tan's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Grand Street, Lear's, McCall's, and other magazines, as well as in numerous anthologies. Her essay "Mother Tongue" was published in The Threepenny Review and was selected for the 1991 edition of Best American Essays. Her books are assigned reading in many high schools and colleges. The Joy Luck Club was selected for the literature portion of the 1992-93 Academic Decathlon, a national scholastic competition for high school students.

She has written two children's books, The Moon Lady (1992) and The Chinese Siamese Cat (1994). The latter is now being developed into a PBS children's television series and is part of a symphony program of words and music produced and conducted by George Daugherty. Her film work includes a screenplay of The Joy Luck Club, which she co-wrote with Ron Bass ("My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Snow Falling on Cedars" ).

02-07-2002