Author 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.
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