Two noted authors coming soon to La Jolla

By Ashley Mackin
Two distinguished authors, each with an adapted-to-film novel to their names, will showcase their newest projects at book-signing events in La Jolla.

‘The Joy luck club’ author Amy Tan will speak about her latest book, ‘The Valley of Amazement,’ Dec. 9 at Museum of contemporary Art san Diego in la Jolla. Courtesy Photos

Amy Tan
Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club” will discuss her new book, “The Valley of Amazement,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Words Alive, a reading advocacy organization. Tickets are $35 and include a copy of the book.
Published Nov. 5, “The Valley of Amazement” is Tan’s first novel in eight years.

It focuses on Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese, half-American girl in 1912 Shanghai, torn between her two cultures. The story also showcases Violet’s mother, who herself is torn between her American upbringing and love for a traditional Chinese man, and explores the courtesan culture; escorts or prostitutes for the wealthy and powerful.

Tan has said a photo served to inspire the story. While reading about courtesans, Tan came across an image she said “stunned” her. “Five young women are dressed in the same clothes my grandmother is wearing in one of my favorite photographs of her … identical in every detail. I contemplated the possibility that my grandmother might have indeed been a courtesan for unknown reasons.

“In my family, secrets continue to unfold and the history of our women has always been about survival, persistence and passion, so I put down the novel I had been writing and started a new one.”

The stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art is one of 25 stops she will make across the country to discuss “The Valley of Amazement.”

Fannie Flagg
Fannie Flagg, author of “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café,” will sign and discuss her latest book, “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Warwick’s Books, 7812 Girard Ave. The event is free but reserved seating is available and only books purchased at Warwick’s will be signed.

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