American citizens rounded up by the government and held without trial in a remote outpost without formal chargesno, its not Guantanamo, its the internment, authorized by FDR in 1942, that forced over 100,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals into War Relocation Camps around the country. Jamie Fords debut novel Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet skips back and forth between the present and this dark period in U.S. history, following the romance between a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl. (This is a welcome change in perspective for anyone whos ever suffered through Dennis Quaids smarmy courtship of Tamlyn Tomita in Come See the Paradise.) Ford, whose father once wore a pin that read I Am Chinese in order to avoid relocation, will read from his New York Times bestseller, the first two chapters of which can be downloaded free at jamieford.com.
Tue., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., 2009