Amy Tan

Celebrated writer on her new book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles
Amy Tan Backyard Bird Chronicles Point Reyes Books Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:00pm
Red Barn
75 Bear Valley Rd
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


$40, includes copy of book

Amy Tan joins Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and Point Reyes Books to celebrate her new book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles (Knopf).

“Anybody even mildly interested in birds, or thinking about getting interested in birds (which are, after all, the indicator genus for the health of the planet), will want this book perched on their shelf, if only for the gift of Amy Tan’s eye and the example she gives us of how to pay attention. What a treasure.” —Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Summer Snow: New Poems

This event is presented in partnership with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

Registration required. Each ticket purchase includes a copy of The Backyard Bird Chronicles. Unfortunately, due to an arrangement with the publisher, we are unable to offer other ticket offers. Any unclaimed books will be donated.

20% of all proceeds will be donated to PRNSA.


About The Backyard Bird Chronicles

A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club • With a foreword by David Allen Sibley

"The drawings and essays in this book do a lot more than just describe the birds. They carry a sense of discovery through observation and drawing, suggest the layers of patterns in the natural world, and emphasize a deep personal connection between the watcher and the watched. The birds that inhabit Amy Tan’s backyard seem a lot like the characters in her novels.” —David Allen Sibley, from the foreword

Tracking the natural beauty that surrounds us, The Backyard Bird Chronicles maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful original sketches. With boundless charm and wit, author Amy Tan charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world.

In 2016, Amy Tan grew overwhelmed by the state of the world: Hatred and misinformation became a daily presence on social media, and the country felt more divisive than ever. In search of peace, 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.

About Amy Tan

Amy Tan is the author of several novels, including The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter. She is a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and is on the board of American Bird Conservancy. She lives in Sausalito, California.

The Backyard Bird Chronicles By Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780593536131
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - April 23rd, 2024