Author Amy Tan poses in her apartment in New York's Soho section, with her dog, Bubba, Oct. 12, 2005. (AP Photo/Joe Tabacca)

JOE TABACCA

Amy Tan, author of “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Bonesetter’s Daughter,” will appear 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Tempe Center for the Arts. Free tickets will be distributed at the door. Early arrival is recommended.

Tan, a finalist for the National Book Award, will appear as part of The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University’s Distinguished Visiting Writer’s Series. For information, visit Tempe.gov/tca.

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