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Amy Tan - Writing from Personal Experience

Complete video at: Bestselling author Amy Tan discusses the importance of drawing on personal experiences when creating fictional stories and characters, and explains how her own family experiences have influenced her writing. ----- Amy Tan speaks as a part of "Roger Rosenblatt and Friends: On Writing" during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series. Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate, and Saving Fish from Drowning. She has also written two children's books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat. The latter became a children's television series for PBS called "Sagwa." Amy is a member of the literary garage band, The Rock Bottom Remainders, for which she sings the Nancy Sinatra classic, "These Boots Are Made for Walking" to raise money for after-school literacy programs for inner city kids. Tan's rendition of the pop culture classic can be heard on the CD Stranger than Fiction, which benefits the PEN Writers Fund.
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