Suggested Readings on subjects related to the Panama Hotel Jazz Project. Join us October 13, 7pm in Slavonian Hall, Old Town Tacoma

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Pierce County Library "Read" in 2012)
author Jamie Ford is coming to Tacoma Public Library Thursday September 17 for a reading and signing of his latest book: The Songs of Willow Frost
Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald
No No Boy by John Okada
Only What We Could Carry: the Japanese American Internment Experience by Lawson Fusao Inada

The Puyallup Festival of Books
There are events for this one from October 10-24, but the big ticket items are the authors speaking on the 23rd and 24th. The focus of the festival this year is World War II. Kirby Larsen, a Newberry Honor author, will be the the speaker on the 23rd. One of her books is Dash, which looks at a Japanese-American girl's experience with Camp Harmony. "Camp Harmony" was the ironic name used for the Puyallup fairgrounds when the US used the space for mass Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II. The speaker on the 24th is Anthony Doerr, who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for his book All the Light We Cannot See. It's a book about a blind French girl and a young German boy who have different but parallel struggles that ultimately intersect in World War II. It's a great book, and it's really pretty special that Puyallup was able to bring this author to town. There's a small fee for some of the events in the festival, but the authors are probably worth it.

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