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Best of the National Book Festival: Amy Tan, 2018

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Welcome to our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Each weekday, we will feature a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of our new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: authors who write for children and teens. Please enjoy, and make sure to explore our full National Book Festival video collection!

Amy Tan became an international bestselling author with her first novel, “The Joy Luck Club,” published in 1989. The book was later adapted into a hit film, co-written by Tan. She has since gone on to write several other best-selling novels.

The author came to the Main Stage of the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival to discuss her latest work, “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.” She told her interviewer, Library of Congress Literary Director Marie Arana, that when she wrote the smashingly successful “The Joy Luck Club,” “I thought: No one is going to get this book.” Q&A begins at 45:30.

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  1. I love this author and. her books. She writes of a different culture that transported me to another world. I feel the love in
    the families, the stress they endure. Thank you for expanding my world.

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