?The Joy Luck Club? author to visit campus


Every seat in Ed Landreth Auditorium is reserved for tonight’s John V. Roach Honors College Fogelson Honors Forum, featuring best-selling author Amy Tan.

Tickets were free to students, faculty and community members for the lecture which will take place at 7:30, but required a reservation which is no longer available. A book signing will follow immediately afterward.

Honors College Coordinator Lindsay Gastorf said the Honors College organized and coordinated the event, but it was made possible by a $1 million gift from the estates of E. E. “Buddy” Fogelson and his wife, actress Greer Garson. She also said the Honors College was excited to have an author like Tan speaking this year.

Tan is best-known for books like “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Bonesetter’s Daughter.” She has written numerous books that have topped The New York Times best-seller list as well as two children’s books, a memoir and articles for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker. Tan was also co-producer and co-screenwriter for the 1993 film adaptation of “The Joy Luck Club.”

Gastorf said she was excited about the sold-out crowd.

“It’s kind of surreal,” she said. “I know a lot of people have said that they have never seen Ed Landreth full in all the time they have been here, and so it is pretty insane.”

Honors students will also be able to attend a Q&A session with Tan at 3:30 p.m. in the Milton-Daniel Great Hall.

No-show tickets will be handed out at 7:15 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for those who have not reserved a spot.