Program: The Backyard Bird Chronicles: An Evening with Amy Tan

Date & Time

Thursday, May 23, 2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Fleischmann Auditorium,
Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA


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Due to the popularity of this event, advanced registration is required (with a two-ticket limit per registrant). This will be an open seating event, so we strongly recommend you arrive 20–30 minutes before the event begins to secure your seat. Plan on arriving early and allow sufficient time to park and walk to the venue. Please carpool if possible. Parking is limited and will not be permitted in the neighborhood near the Museum.

To Register starting Monday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m.
Visit the Museum’s calendar event page.

Amy Tan, acclaimed author of many celebrated books including The Joy Luck Club and a 2021 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, will present an illustrated talk based on her forthcoming new book The Backyard Bird Chronicles.

In 2016, overwhelmed by the state of the world, Tan turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. But 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 imagine the intricate lives of the birds she admired.

In her book, Tan combines her literary genius and her drawing talent to chart her foray into birding and the natural world by mapping the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful original color sketches.

Amy Tan is the celebrated author of several novels including The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Kitchen God’s Wife and Saving Fish from Drowning. She is a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and is on the board of the American Bird Conservancy.

Questions? Contact our Programs Chair.

Courtesy of Chaucer’s Bookstore, books by Amy Tan will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Many thanks to our hotel sponsor, The Simpson House Inn

Presented by the Santa Barbara Audubon Society and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History