Author Amy Tan

Amy Tan

Bestselling Athor

The isolation brought on by COVID lockdowns caused many of us to lose touch with others and ourselves in the last several years.  Exacerbated by the fears fueled in the news and on social media, Amy Tan began a search for inner peace that turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. 

Yet 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 learn about the intricate lives of the birds she admired.

With boundless charm and wit, author Amy Tan charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world in her gorgeous new book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles, which maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful sketches of what was hiding in plain sight. David Sibley said, “The birds that inhabit Amy Tan’s backyard seem a lot like the characters in her novels.” 

We are honored that Amy will join us, and her new book will be released just a few days before she speaks at the Festival and Authors on the Plaza. 

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