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Author Jamie Ford

Thursday, September 27
6:30 p.m.
Pearce Hall 127
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Jamie Ford presented "The Japanese Internment and the Lies We Tell Ourselves." His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, is a historical fiction novel set during the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. The novel spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. Hotel was named the #1 Book Club pick in 2010 by the American Bookseller Association and is now read widely in schools all across the country. This multi-cultural tale was adapted by Book-It Repertory Theatre and has recently been optioned for a stage musical, and also for film, with George Takei serving as Executive Producer.

His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into 35 languages. His latest novel is Love and Other Consolation Prizes. He is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations.

This presentation was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Critical Engagements initiative and the Office for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion's King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professors Program.

This video is also available to view via Vimeo.

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