Authors Out Loud


     

    JAMIE FORD

    THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST, 6:30PM

    WEST VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Get Directions)

     

    Jamie Ford is a native of the Pacific Northwest. His best-selling historical novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was published in 2009, and tells the story of two gifted students, Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl, who develop a deep friendship in the midst of the turmoil and conflict of World War II.

    The book won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Other works by Jamie Ford include: Love and Other Consolation Prizes (2017) and Songs of Willow Frost (2013).

    INGRID WALKER

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH, 6:30PM

    YAKIMA CENTRAL LIBRARY (Get Directions)

     

    Ingrid Walker, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Washington-Tacoma, where she teaches courses on American studies, media, and culture.

    Her work focuses on contemporary American culture, particularly the politics of film, music, television, comix, art, literature, evolving media forms and fashion.

    Her book, High: Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users, is a cross-cultural study of how we think about, regulate, and use psychoactive drugs in the United States. It asks a fundamental question about drug policy and social norms in the United States: Why do we endorse the use of some drugs while criminalizing the use of others? This illogical separation shapes public policy, the justice system, research, social services, and healthcare in ways that affect all Americans.

    YAKIMA COFFEEHOUSE POETS

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4TH, 6:30PM

    WEST VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Get Directions)

     

    Join us for an evening of poetry readings by some of Yakima’s finest poets!

    The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets is a registered Washington State nonprofit formed in 2014 to represent the interests of poets and poetry lovers of Central Washington.

    Each year, the group publishes a chapbook featuring poems written by the winners of their annual Poetry Contest, as well as the Judges’ poems.

    REYNA GRANDE

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH

    SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY LIBRARY, 1:00PM (Get Directions)

    YAKIMA CENTRAL LIBRARY, 6:30PM (Get Directions)

     

    Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, and Dancing with Butterflies, were published to critical acclaim. In her latest book, The Distance Between Us, Reyna shares an inspirational coming-of-age story, about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.

    Grande has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, the International Latino Book Award, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

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