Conversations with Authors - Deborah Tannen (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 4:00pm

Wed., November 18th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Deborah Tannen

in conversation with Amy Tan


Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.

 

A note from Deborah:

Friends,

What a great pleasure and privilege it was to connect across the continent with Amy Tan, a dear friend with whom I share so much history and affection—and to connect with you as well.

I missed seeing you all in person. At in-person events, seeing nodding, smiling, and sometimes laughing faces keeps me going. But even though I couldn’t see you, knowing you were there made all the difference, and I’m grateful that going virtual meant more of you could attend.

Thank you for coming. And thank you to Book Passage for bringing us together, and for bringing readers and writers together day after day, connecting us with each other, and with books—and, through books, with the ideas and emotions swirling around us, and within us, in these surreal times.

Here are some books published this year that I really enjoyed:

I’m especially pleased to mention Richard Ford’s new story collection. Here’s why: As a member of the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation (a unique literary organization that Amy introduced me to), I co-chair the committee that administers the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and Ford is a past winner of that prize. I’ll also mention other story collections recently published by PEN/Malamud winners:

And a wonderful novel soon to be published by another PEN/Malamud prize winner:

Finally, I’ll mention The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, who will receive this year’s PEN/Malamud prize on Dec. 4. The award ceremony will be online, so you’re all welcome to attend.

—Deborah


Deborah Tannen’s newest work, Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow, traces her father’s life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to New York City in an intimate memoir about family, memory, and the stories we tell.

Deborah is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships. She is best known as the author of New York Times bestseller You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness. In addition to her eight books for general audiences, Deborah is author or editor of sixteen books and over one hundred articles for scholarly audiences. She is also a frequent guest on television and radio news and has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, HuffPost, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, and The Harvard Business Review. She lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C., area.

Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club remains a classic examination of the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. Her other novels are The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of two memoirs, The Opposite of Fate and Where the Past Begins, two children’s books, The Moon Lady and The Chinese Siamese Cat, and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their books, as well as Deborah's recommended titles.

 

 

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Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101885833
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 15th, 2020

Scorpionfish Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781947793750
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Published: Tin House Books - July 7th, 2020

The Escape Artist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982113612
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Published: Gallery Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524733056
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Published: Knopf - May 19th, 2020

Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Midcentury Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393080056
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 10th, 2020

Sorry for Your Trouble: Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062969804
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Published: Ecco - May 12th, 2020

American Histories: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501178351
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Published: Scribner - March 26th, 2019

Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062688781
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Published: Ecco - June 18th, 2019

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Secrets of Happiness Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640094451
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint - May 4th, 2021

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780312655396
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Published: Picador - October 26th, 2010

You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060959623
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 6th, 2007

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101885826
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - August 28th, 2018

You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345496973
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - September 7th, 2010

You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812972665
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 26th, 2006

I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345407528
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - May 28th, 2002

The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345407511
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 9th, 1999

Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780380717835
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 18th, 2001

That's Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062062994
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 5th, 2011

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

The Kitchen God's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038108
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

The Hundred Secret Senses: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
ISBN: 9780143119081
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2010

The Bonesetter's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345457370
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2003

Saving Fish from Drowning: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345464019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - September 26th, 2006

The Valley of Amazement Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062107329
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Published: Ecco - July 15th, 2014

The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life Cover Image
By Amy Tan
ISBN: 9780142004890
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2004

Where the Past Begins: Memory and Imagination Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062319319
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Published: Ecco - October 30th, 2018

The Moon Lady Cover Image
By Amy Tan, Gretchen Schields (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689806162
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - November 1st, 1995