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The public is invited to celebrate the arts and the Longview Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. April 8, at the library, 1600 Louisiana St., Longview.

Longview Library Foundation members are hosting best-selling author Jamie Ford, whose first book was “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” The historical novel set in Seattle during and after World War II, is a love story about two 12-year-old friends—a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl. The book published in 2009 gained national attention and received numerous prestigious awards, according to a press release from the City of Longview. “Hotel” became a New York Times best seller and was the number one Book Club Pick by the American Booksellers Association in the winter of 2009-2010.

Ford will discuss what is happening with the book, including a film update, a stage musical and how the book “found its way into schools across the nation.”

Ford also will share the story behind the story of his most recent book published in 2017, “Love and Other Consolation Prizes.” The book follows the tale of a Chinese child immigrant smuggled into America and later auctioned as a “prize” at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair.

The book was named one of the Best Books of 2017 in the historical fiction category of the Library Journal.

The event is free and open to the public. It also includes light refreshments and time with the author to answer questions, sign books and take photos.

— The Daily News

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