Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. Author Jamie Ford depicts the heartwarming friendship between Henry Lee and Keiko Okabe, a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl—both American citizens—whose ethnic backgrounds impact their destinies in drastically different ways during World War II. When the United States government orders all persons of Japanese ancestry to evacuate their homes and submit to voluntary internment, Keiko and her family are forced to leave Seattle and live in an internment camp in rural Idaho. In Keiko’s absence, Henry must come to terms with what it means to be Chinese, an obedient son, a trustworthy friend, and a loyal American.
One Book, One Community events in Cloquet:
The Best of Jazz from the 1930s and '40s
Thursday, April 7, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery, 2035 S. Hwy 33, Cloquet
Check out free tickets at the library to hear Twin Cities jazz singer Christine Rosholt and her band celebrate the best of jazz from the 1930s and '40s.
Funded by the Minnesota Regional Public Library System (MRPLS) and the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) made possible by MRPLS’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds.
Brown Bag Lunch with Jamie Ford
Thursday, April 14, 11:30 a.m.
Cloquet Public Library
Bring your lunch and listen to Jamie Ford talk about his book, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The Friends of the Cloquet Public Library will provide dessert and refreshments.
Funded in part by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, Friends of the Cloquet Public Library, Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Duluth Library Foundation, and Arrowhead Reading Council.