Jamie Ford is 2017 Power of Words Visiting Author

Monroe County Public Library and the Friends of the Library are honored to announce that this year’s Power of Words visiting author is Jamie Ford. The Power of Words is a free event and takes place Friday, November 17 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Jamie Ford will discuss Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, his New York Times bestselling novel. 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.

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. Ford is an award-winning short-story writer, an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a survivor of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

A host of programs and events are currently being planned around Ford’s visit on November 17. As part of a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant, the Library and Friends are working with a variety of community partners to present book discussions, programs, and art and cultural opportunities around the themes in Ford’s book and Celeste Ng’s novel, Everything I Never Told You.

The Power of Words: Changing Our World — One Author at a Time is a bi-annual event presented by The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library.  Previous visiting Power of Words authors include Representative John Lewis, Nicole Mones, James McBride, Rick Bragg, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

For more information, or to partner with the Library for the Power of Words and NEA Big Read, contact Michael Hoerger at 812-349-3057 or email mhoerger@mcpl.info.

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