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St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Favorite Author Series and Left Bank Books are pleased to host a special event with acclaimed novelist Amy Tan for a discussion and signing of her new book “The Backyard Bird Chronicles.”

The event is presented in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society and the Very Asian Foundation. Amy Tan will be in conversation with Joan E.  Strassmann, Washington University Professor of Biology and author of “Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard.”

The event will take place on Saturday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd. St. Louis MO 63117.

Tickets can be purchased starting April 12 at 9:00 a.m. through Eventbrite

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $40 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “The Backyard Bird Chronicles”)

PACKAGE TICKET $48 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “The Backyard Bird Chronicles”)      

Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing line or photo opportunity after the talk.

In 2016, Amy Tan grew overwhelmed by the state of the world: Hatred and misinformation became a daily presence on social media, and the country felt more divisive than ever. In search of peace, Tan turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. But what began as an attempt to find solace turned into something far greater—an opportunity to savor quiet moments during a volatile time, connect to nature in a meaningful way, and imagine the intricate lives of the birds she admired.

Tracking the natural beauty that surrounds us, “The Backyard Bird Chronicles” maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and her own original watercolor sketches. With boundless charm and wit, Amy Tan charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world. 

Amy Tan is the author of many acclaimed novels including “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Kitchen God's Wife,” “The Hundred Secret Senses,” and “The Bonesetter's Daughter,” several memoirs, children’s books, and essay collections. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of “The Joy Luck Club.” Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into 35 languages. Tan currently serves on the board of the American Bird Conservancy.

Program sites are accessible. With at least two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Call 314-994-3300 or contact us

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