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Author Amy Tan Speaks at Hudson Valley Community College as Fall Cultural Affairs Events Continue

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011

Amy Tan, acclaimed, best-selling author, will read from and discuss her work on Wednesday, November 2 at 11 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College.

Part of the college's Cultural Affairs Program, Tan's talk is open to the public free of charge and takes place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Her novels, including The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife and The Hundred Secret Senses, are New York Times best sellers and have received various literary awards.

The New York Times recently said of Tan, "Splendid…What marvelous characters she gives us…Reading (Amy Tan) is like peering into a carved ivory ball that contains numerous smaller balls, each revealing a different design but all worked from a single source."

In addition to Tan's appearance, the following free public events continue through November. For more information, go to


"Salute to Veterans," a photographic exhibition arranged by the college's Armed Forces Club for Veterans in honor of veterans of all American wars is on view from October 28 to November 30 in the Marvin Library Atrium Lobby.

"You are not I," an exhibition of works by noted 1980s' postmodern photographer Barbara Ess, is on view in the college's Teaching Gallery from November 3 to December 10. An opening reception takes place on Thursday, November 3, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Teaching Gallery and a lecture on Ess's contribution to American photography takes place on Wednesday, November 16, 7 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

Ess's style of monochromatic, blurred images is typical of the 1980s' movement that pulled apart both the conceptual and visual underpinnings of what was expected of photography until that time. Her work tests one's trust in both the photograph and vision itself.


"Why Don't We Care? Natural Gas Drilling in the Catskills," a talk by photographer J Henry Fair on what he considers to be an egregious environmental disaster takes place on Wednesday, October 26, noon to 12:50 p.m., in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

"Democracy at Risk: How and Why Do We Have Public Schools? Can We Do without them?" is presented by Deborah Meier, writer, public advocate and former teacher, on Tuesday, November 8 from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Meier, who has been in this field for more than four decades, discusses the nature of the crisis facing American schools, children and their families.

"Graphic Novels of the Gods," a talk George O'Connor, whose first graphic novel was Journey into Mohawk Country, takes place on Tuesday, November 15 from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. O'Connor focuses on his creative process and the publication of his work.


The Laramie Project, presented by the Student Theater Club under the direction of Mathew L. Cantore, relates the story of the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Mathew Sheperd. Productions take place on November 17 to 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre.