Commencement 2019

Writer Amy Tan

Amy Tan headshotAmy Tan, author of several novels including the bestselling The Joy Luck Club, will be Grinnell College’s 2019 Commencement speaker. Born in California to Chinese immigrant parents, Tan went against her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and a concert pianist, turning instead to writing. Her most recent book is a work of nonfiction, Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (ECCO/HarperCollins, 2017). 

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