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in Press Releases April 27, 2009 1 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council, in partnership with The Ohio State University, will culminate its month-long Big Read celebration of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club with a free reading and discussion with the author at 7 p.m. on Fri., May 22 at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.

Tan will read from The Joy Luck Club, discuss her work and take questions from the audience at this free public event. Tickets can be picked up at the Mershon box office. For more information on tickets, call (614) 292-3535. Tan will also be at the Asian Festival at noon in Franklin Park for fans to meet her and get a book signed.

The Big Read in Columbus is hosted by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and is presented in partnership with The Ohio State University, Thurber House, the Asian Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Westin Columbus, the YWCA of Columbus, WOSU Public Media and the Columbus Museum of Art.

The program is part of a national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read nationally in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

Columbus is one of 208 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read through June. To date, the NEA has funded more than 500 Big Read programs in the nation’s towns and cities. Throughout April and May, Columbus will celebrate The Joy Luck Club with a full calendar of events leading up to Amy Tan’s Columbus visit. For more on Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club and other Big Read events, go to

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County, and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.


CONTACT: Emily Swartzlander
(614) 221-8492