Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Strathmore Presents An Evening with Amy Tan

From our friends at the Strathmore...

Best-selling author speaks at Strathmore days after release of latest novel, The Valley of Amazement

Best-selling author Amy Tan shares a fascinating glimpse into her private life and writing with D.C. area audiences on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. This intimate experience at the Music Center at Strathmore comes days after the release of Tan’s latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, and includes an audience question-and-answer session. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

Amy Tan’s best-sellers include The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, an e-book entitled Rules for Virgins and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar and National Geographic. Her work has been translated into 35 languages.

Her latest release, The Valley of Amazement, set for an early November 2013 release, moves between the glittering world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of 19th century San Francisco, as it maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history—and the mystery of an evocative painting known as “The Valley of Amazement.” Spanning 50 years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement sweeps the reader along a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacies of traumas, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, returning readers to the compelling territory Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, Tan conjures up a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths.

On top of writing multiple New York Times best-sellers, Tan has successfully expanded her literature to new mediums. She has written two children’s books, including Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, which inspired the Emmy-nominated PBS television series, “Sagwa.” Tan also served as the co-producer and co-screenwriter with Ron Bass for the film adaptation of her best-selling novel, The Joy Luck Club. “Immortal Heart,” a story of hers published in The New Yorker, was translated to the stage and performed throughout the U.S. and France. Tan has appeared as herself in the animated series “The Simpsons” and was lead rhythm, backup singer and second tambourine in the literary garage band Rock Bottom Remainders, along with Stephen King, Dave Barry and Scott Turrow. The band played yearly gigs to raise over a million dollars for literacy programs.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For further information or tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

Strathmore Presents
An Evening with Amy Tan 
Friday, November 15, 2013
8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $30-$60 (Stars Price $27.00-$54.00)

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets visit or call (301) 581-5100.