2017 Keynote Speaker Jamie Ford
February 23, 2017
Highland Park High School
Keynote at 7:00 pm
Book signing from 8:00 to 8:45 pm
FREE and open to the public!
Jamie Ford 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. His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His work has been translated into 34 languages. Jamie is still holding out for Klingon (that’s when you know you’ve made it).
New York Times bestselling author, Jamie Ford, brings us an outstanding novel you won’t soon forget –Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Ford’s half-Chinese descent lent him the idea for this powerful book about the World War II internment of Japanese Americans through the eyes of a young Chinese boy who befriends a Japanese American girl. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet not only made the NYT list, but also was an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s Pick at Costco, a Target Bookmarked Club Pick, and a National Bestseller. It was named the #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association, and has been translated into 34 languages.
His second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, is set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle. This historical novel is a powerful tale of a boy with dreams for his future, and a young woman escaping her haunted past. With many “teachable moments” imbedded throughout this story of hope, forgiveness, and reaching for your dreams, Songs of Willow Frost, is a wonderful book for students.
Ford graduated from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He is the proud father of two boys and two girls.
For more about Jamie and his works, go to Jamie Ford, Author. New novel SONGS OF WILLOW FROST available now. – Bittersweet Blog