Save the Date: NBCC Presents Amy Tan and Ben Fountain at AWP 2014

By Jane Ciabattari


When: February 28, 2014 3 pm
Where: AWP Conference 2014, Seattle Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel

National Book Critics Circle presents:

Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the NBCC fiction award

Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, finalist for the NBCC fiction award

Reading and in conversation with Jane Ciabattari, National Book Critics Circle Vice President/Online (NBCC President 2008-2011)

Ben Fountain is the author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which received the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.  His story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and a Whiting Writers Award.  His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper's, and the Paris Review, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.  He lives in Dallas.

Amy Tan: Born in the US to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist.  She chose to write fiction instead.  Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award; The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers.  She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat and numerous articles for magazines.   Her work has been translated into 35 languages.  Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, is due out in November 2013.