Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20010328, 19990324, 19981104
The author of novels which have to do with spirituality, family, and the culture of her Chinese-American heritage, Amy Tan reads from, The Hundred Secret Senses, and talks about the "ghost writers" she says helped write the book. This 1998 conversation lends insight to the character in her 2001 novel, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, who makes her living as a ghost writer of self-help books. Tan also talks about making her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, into a popular movie, and how she managed to maintain artistic control over the process.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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