|Amy Tan was born February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. She grew up in the San
Francisco Bay Area, graduated from high school in Montreux, Switzerland, and received her master's degree in Linguistics from San Jose State University.
Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. For her first book, The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan won
The National Book Award and the L.A. Times Book Award in 1989.
She has been married for the past twenty-some years to Lou DeMattei. They live in San Francisco and New York with their little dogs, Yorkshire terriers Bubba and Lilli.
Amy Tan enjoys hiking, which is probably how she contracted Lyme disease in 1999. For a long time, it was debilitating, hindering her ability to write, and to tour with the literary garage band, Rock Bottom Remainders, of which she is a key member, belting out rock tunes in daring costumes, alongside other American writers, such as Stephen King and Dave Barry. Nothing can keep Amy Tan down for long, though, and she has avidly sought to bring better awareness of Lyme disease, as well as supported efforts for more research, and helped found LymeAid 4 Kids.
To find out more about Amy Tan, the fascinating person behind the books, I recommend reading her wonderful book of autobiographical essays, The Opposite of Fate.
Amy Tan's Own Web Site
Amy Tan's Facebook Page
Amy Tan on Twitter
Steven Barclay Agency - Amy Tan's Exclusive Lecture Agency
The Rock Bottom Remainders
Amy Tan Biography - Steven Barclay Agency
Amy Tan Biography - Voices Fom the Gaps
Amy Tan Biography - Academy of Achievement
Amy Tan with her late mother, Daisy
Amy Tan named literary editor of new L.A. Times magazine (1-2006)
"The Joys and Sorrows of Amy Tan" in Time Magazine (2001)
Amy Tan Audio Lecture at MSU (1997)
The Guardian Interview about Saving Fish from Drowning (2005)
1-Hour Amy Tan Video on Saving Fish from Drowning (11-2006) - Book Passage
Amy Tan Audio Interview on The Bonesetter's Daughter - Bill Thompson
Amy Tan Audio Interview on "The Opposite of Fate" - NPR
Amy Tan Interview w/video clips - Academy of Achievement
Amy Tan Interview (12/1995) - Salon
Amy Tan Interview (12/1995) - Gretchen Giles
New York Times Interview by Deborah Solomon (8/2008)
New York Times Interview by Sarah Lyall (12/1995)
New York Times Interview by Mervyn Rothstein (6/1991)
New York Times Interview by Julie Lew (7/1989)
Audio Interview with Don Swaim (1989) - Wired for Books
Relationship with mother helped Tan hone writing skills (2003) - D. Longenecker / UB Reporter
Selected Bibliography - Paul P. Reuben
Featured Author: Amy Tan - NY Times, 2-18-2001
Author Profile: Amy Tan - Bookreporter.com
"Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat" on PBS Kids
Books, Reviews, Essays, Study Resources
1989 — The Joy Luck Club
1991 — The Kitchen God's Wife
1995 — The Hundred Secret Senses
2001 — The Bonesetter's Daughter
2003 — The Opposite of Faith
2005 — Saving Fish from Drowning
1992 — The Moon Lady
1994 — The Chinese Siamese Cat
Nota bene: I'm just another fan of Amy Tan's
works. I do not have a contact address for her.
For speaking engagements, please contact Ms. Tan's exclusive lecture
agent, Steven Barclay.
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