The Empty Chair Project, in conjunction with the National Park Service, is proud to announce the sponsorship of two best selling authors who will be in Juneau on May 5th and 6th. The first to arrive is Kirby Larson, the author of Dash, a winner of the Scott O’Dell award for historical fiction. She will be here to share this historical novel with students at local grade schools on Thursday, May 5th. It’s a story about a Japanese-American girl who had to leave her adored dog Dash behind when her family was incarcerated in the Minidoka Relocation Center during WWII but is able to remain connected to Dash through the kindness of a friendly neighbor back home. It is inspired by a true story and reflects events that run parallel to those occurring in the Empty Chair, emphasizing friendship, family and the resilience of the human spirit.
Kirby will be doing at book signing from 5:00-6:00 at the downtown Hearthside book store on Wednesday, May 5th. Here is a link to the interview with Kirby in the “Neighbors” section of the Juneau Empire on Sunday, May 1st.
Next, Jamie Ford, the author of the celebrated book, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, will be visiting a local high school on May 6th to talk about his novel which also explores similar themes. The book received numerous awards after being published in 2009. Among them was an award for best “Adult Fiction” book at the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. It is set in the International District of Seattle, Washington, and focuses on Henry Lee, an intelligent 12-year-old Chinese American who has to grow up quickly during WWII hysteria. Seattle author Garth Stein commented, “A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and place lost forever, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war–not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the heart and humanity of individual people. Especially relevant in today’s world, this is a beautifully written book that will make you think. And more importantly, it will make you feel.”
He will be doing a book talk and signing at the downtown Juneau Public Library from 4-6 on Saturday, May 7th.
Multiple copies of both Dash and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet were provided for the schools by the Empty Chair Project and the National Park Service.
Here is a link to an interview with Jamie in the Juneau Empire on Thursday, May 5th.