Amy Tan in conversation with Field Museum ornithologists Shannon Hackett and John Bates: The Backyard Bird Chronicles

Bestselling author Amy Tan is best known for beloved for novels like The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God’s Wife that explore the intricate dynamics of love, family, and home. Now, Tan takes flight into the world of ornithology. In The Backyard Bird Chronicles, Tan illuminates the journey she undertook to reconnect with nature via the practice of birdwatching. As a board member of the American Bird Conservancy, Tan views birds as not only a vital aspect of a healthy ecosystem, but also as individual personalities, brought to the page with delightful vibrancy in prose and her own hand-drawn sketches.

On Tuesday, June 11, Bookends & Beginnings will host Amy Tan at Nichols Concert Hall for an author talk and slide show featuring her original illustrations. Ms. Tan will be in conversation with Field Museum ornithologists (and Evanston natives) Shannon Hackett and John Bates.

Your $50 ticket will include a pre-signed hardback copy of The Backyard Bird Chronicles. Note that there will be no signing line after the event; all copies will be presigned before the event begins, so if you would like your copy personalized, the exact wording for your personalization should be included as a note on your Eventbrite reservation.

Every ticket purchase includes one book; due to limited capacity, we cannot offer a couples ticket for this event.

Can’t make the event? You can still order a signed and/or personally inscribed copy, for only $38, for in-store pick-up. Shipping (via USPS Media Mail) is available for an additional fee of $7.

The event will take place from 7-8 PM at Nichols Concert Hall, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. In addition to the copy of Chronicles included with each ticket, Tan’s other books will be available for purchase.

Please purchase your tickets through Eventbrite.

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
The Backyard Bird Chronicles By Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780593536131
Published: Knopf - April 23rd, 2024