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Author Ford to speak at WKCTC tonight

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Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author, will speak at West Kentucky Community & Technical College today and Wednesday.

Ford will speak to the public at 7 tonight about his book "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" in Crounse Hall. At 6 p.m. in the Crounse Hall Atrium, a public reception will provide community members an opportunity to meet the author. At 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Clemens Fine Arts Center, Ford will speak to WKCTC and public school students about his books and the writing process. All events are free and open to the public

"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was required reading for WKCTC's English 101 students in the 2014-15 fall and spring semesters. Set in Seattle's Asian American community during World War II, the book is narrated alternately by a young and impressionable Chinese American boy and the middle-age man he grows up to be. The book offers a historical fiction narrative appealing to both young and mature readers. Its perspective on the internment of Japanese Americans offers a glimpse into issues as race, ethnicity, immigration, assimilation, and prejudice in a fictional context that will appeal to diverse groups of students.

An award-winning short-story writer, Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Orson Card's Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle's Chinatown, he now lives in Montana. For more information, visit jamieford.com. Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who immigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865. Min Chung adopted the western name "Ford."

Anyone with questions or planning to bring a group can call 270-534-3212.

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