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 The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life

What inspires a person to create? Taking cues from her life and reflecting on the nature of creativity, Amy Tan explores the events that made her a writer as she comes to SCU on Jan. 17 for the President’s Speaker Series.


The soon-to-be-released The Valley of Amazement is Amy Tan’s seventh novel since her debut in 1989 with The Joy Luck Club. Over this time, Tan has adapted her work for film, television, and even the opera, but her latest is a return to her roots—her first novel since 2005. Tan’s work speaks to millions with its universal themes of family relationships, generational change, and personal history.


Amy Tan’s other books include The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted as an Emmy-nominated PBS series. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club, and her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her work has been translated into 35 languages.

This year’s speaker series, Enlivening the Whole Person: Head, Heart, and Body, kicked off on Oct. 11 with Reza Aslan ’95, who spoke about the legacy of the Arab Spring. Tan is the second featured speaker, followed by former FDA commissioner David Kessler on April 9.


The event will take a conversational format, and be followed by a book signing. Staff and faculty can get discounted tickets for $20, available online.

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