Originally scheduled for March 3, 2014, but rescheduled due to snow. Questions about your tickets? Contact the box office at 202.544.7077 or boxoffice@folger.edu


Two best-selling authors, who first met as grad students in linguistics, discuss how they both draw on conversation and storytelling to explore family relationships. A book signing and reception will follow.

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: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, which has now been adapted as a PBS production. Her work has been translated into thirty-five languages. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and New York.

Deborah Tannen is professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books, including three New York Times bestsellers. Her most recent is You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives.