Best-selling author Amy Tan discusses her new book The Backyard Bird Chronicles in Laguna Beach on May 21

Amy Tan, the critically acclaimed author of The Joy Luck Club, will appear in conversation with Rev. Rodrick Echols, pastor at Neighborhood Congregational Church, UCC in Laguna Beach. The event takes place Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the church. They will discuss Tan’s newest book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles, which she also illustrated. The evening is presented by the church and Live Talks Los Angeles. Details and tickets can be found at www.livetalksla.org.

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Amy Tan will appear at the Neighborhood Congregational Church on May 21

In 2016, Tan grew overwhelmed by the state of the world. In search of peace, she turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. 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. The Backyard Bird Chronicles maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions and beautiful original sketches. With boundless charm and wit, Tan charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world. It is a gorgeous witty account of birding, nature and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight.

Tan is the author of several novels, including the best-selling The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. She is a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and is on the board of American Bird Conservancy. She lives in Sausalito, Calif.

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Tan is the author of several novels

Rev. Rodrick Echols serves as pastor at Neighborhood Congregational Church, UCC in Laguna Beach. He is a graduate of both Brown University and the School of Theology at Boston University. With 20 years of professional experience in the religious ecosystem, he is a pastor in transition to a new world where the largest religion in America is now no religion. His insatiable curiosity causes him to wonder about the possibilities of human spirituality untethered from religion.

Ticket prices range from $25-$50 with a signed book option. The Neighborhood Congregational Church is located at 340 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach. Tan will also appear in conversation in Santa Monica the day before, on May 21. Those attendees will have the opportunity to meet the author before the event at a VIP reception. All details for both events are available at www.livetalksla.org.

Live Talks Los Angeles curates and produces on-stage conversations featuring writers, filmmakers, actors, musicians, humorists and comedians, chefs and thought leaders in business and science in various venues in Los Angeles. Since its inception, LTLA has presented more than 500 events, and its videos have been seen in 166 countries with more than 17 million views on YouTube.

The series has featured conversations with notable personalities such as Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, Mindy Kaling, John Cleese, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Scott Turow, Martin Short, Tina Fey, Malcolm Gladwell, Terry Gilliam, John Fogerty, Jeff Bridges, Amy Tan, Jane Smiley, Pete Souza, Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Alice Waters, Thomas L. Friedman, David Brooks, Adam Grant, Kara Swisher, David Brooks, Rainn Wilson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Maddow, Michael Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, Patrick Stewart, Colson Whitehead, Abraham Verghese, Misty Copeland, Jon Meacham, Salman Rushdie, Ken Burns, Shonda Rhimes, Temple Grandin, John Irving, Simon Sinek, Harry Belafonte, Amy Poehler, Walter Isaacson, Diane von Furstenberg, Yuval Noah Harari, Jane Fonda, Phil Jackson, Penny Marshall and Pico Iyer.


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