by Patricia Grandjean
Apr 25, 2011
01:09 PM
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"A Conversation with Amy Chua"


Other than how to fix the economy, there’s probably no hotter topic nowadays than how to raise your children. So chances are any expectant parent, parent or grandparent would be interested in ideas on how to parent successfully. If you find yourself in any of those categories, or are simply interested in promoting literacy, consider reserving a place at the Westport Country Playhouse on May 3 for “A Conversation with Amy Chua,” author of the best-selling Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The event benefits Read to Grow, a statewide literacy nonprofit that works to build literacy from birth (it’s the only statewide organization that connects with parents in the hospital after their baby is born). Ms. Chua will be interviewed by Roxanne Coady, founder of Read to Grow and owner of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison.

            Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother provoked a firestorm of controversy, particularly after The Wall Street Journal published an article in January titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Huge numbers of readers weighed in, debating the merits of Chua’s perceived “demanding Eastern” parenting model versus the “permissive Western” model. Chua herself has responded to criticism, saying her book “is not a how-to guide; it’s a memoir, the story of our family’s journey in two cultures, and my own eventual transformation as a mother. Much of the book is about my decision to retreat from the strict ‘Chinese’ approach, after my younger daughter rebelled at 13.”


The event will be held Tues., May 3, from 11 to 1 at the Westport Country Playhouse. Tickets are $75 (includes a copy of the book) and $125 (includes two copies of the book, priority seating and a reception with Ms. Chua at 10:30). Refreshments will be served, and Ms. Chua will sign books after the program. For information or to reserve a seat, call (203) 227-4177 or visit and look under special events/community programs.


"A Conversation with Amy Chua"

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