Deborah Tannen

in conversation with Amy Tan

Wednesday, November 18th
7:00est/4:00pst

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Deborah Tannen’s newest release, Finding My Father: His Century-Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow, traces her father’s life from turn-of-the-century Warsaw to New York City in an intimate memoir about family, memory, and the stories we tell.

Deborah is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships.  She is best known as the author of New York Time Bestseller, You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. This is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness.

In addition to her eight books for general audiences, Deborah is author or editor of sixteen books and over one hundred articles for scholarly audiences. She is also a frequent guest on television and radio news and has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, HuffPost, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, and The Harvard Business Review. She lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C., area.

Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club remains a classic examination of the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. Her other novels are The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement (2013), all New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of a memoir, The Opposite of Fate, two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat and numerous articles for magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic.

“Smashing heads does not open minds.”

– Deborah Tannen

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    Which writers have inspired you and your work? What are you reading now?

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    How do you believe that virtual communication will impact our study of linguistics and sociology?

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    What are you working on now?

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    Where do you find inspiration for your writing? Does it come to you spontaneously or is it more structured than that?

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    What drew you initially to studying how family communicates? What makes familiar relationships so interesting? Is this what drew you to write about your own life and relationship with your father?

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    What is the last thing you saw or read that moved you?

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    What was the most difficult part of your own memoir writing journey?

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    What inspired you to write your memoir “Finding My Father”? What led you to center your father in the way you did?

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    What led you to the study of communication and what made you specialize in gender?

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    What do you think is the most misunderstood aspect about how women communicate? What are the myths?

Deborah Tannen in conversation with Amy Tan

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

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