When: Thu., Oct. 23, 7 p.m. 2014
The Salt Lake City Public Library will host When the Emperor Was Divine author Julie Otsuka at the Main Library Auditorium as part of The Big Read, a program for which The City Library has been selected as a grant recipient. During the event, Otsuka will discuss her novel, which follows a Japanese-American family as they are uprooted from their Berkeley, California home and forcibly relocated to the Topaz Internment Camp located near Delta, Utah. When the Emperor Was Divine is Otsuka’s debut novel and was selected by The City Library as its focus for The Big Read because of its Utah setting and ample discussion topics. Otsuka’s sparse writing style approaches the internment of Japanese-American citizens with a non-sentimental tone that strikes at the heart of the reader, and her intimate portrayal of an important part of American history offers accessible entry into the topic of human rights that is suitable for adults and teens.