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Strangers in a Strange Land
Sunday, May 25 2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $25/$20
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Amy Tan, Gary Shteyngart, Benjamin Law, Annette Shun Wah (facilitator)
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Gary Shteyngart, author of the new memoir Little Failure, Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement) and Benjamin Law (Sh*t Asian Mothers Say) share their personal stories as part of their work – sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but always well-meaning – of growing up with immigrant parents in a western country. Chair: Annette Shun Wah.

Amy Tan (International)

Amy Tan is the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, Saving Fish from Drowning, The Valley of Amazement and two children's books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted into a PBS Kids production. Amy was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club. Her essays and stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her work has been translated into 35 languages.

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Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law is the co-author of Sh*t Asian Mothers Say. He is a Brisbane-based writer and a frequent contributor to frankie, The Monthly, Qweekend and Good Weekend. He is the author of two books – The Family Law, which was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs), and Gaysia. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications (including the Australian Financial Review, The Big Issue, Smith Journal, Sunday Life, Griffith REVIEW, Crikey and Travel and Leisure: South East Asia) and has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays twice. He has appeared on Sunrise, Q&A and The First Tuesday Bookclub.

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Gary Shteyngart (International)

In Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. He shares his American immigrant experience, shifting back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humour, moving insights, and literary bravado. Gary is the author of three acclaimed award-winning novels, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and many other publications.

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Annette Shun Wah (Australian)

Annette Shun Wah is a writer, actor, producer and broadcaster. Her writing is published in several anthologies including Grandma Magic, Growing Up Asian in Australia, and Come Away With Me. Her award-winning book Banquet – Ten Courses to Harmony was co-written with Greg Aitkin. Annette leads Performance 4a, which brings Asian Australian stories to the stage in works such as Stories Then & Now (Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013) and the Sydney Festival sold-out hit The Serpent’s Table.

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