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Join Jamie Ford, Bestselling Author of ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’ at the Community Luncheon for 2011 Woodland Reads

March 14, 2011

Here’s the media release I wrote for the local papers last week. If you are a member of a NorCal book club (and you’re on my email list) you’ll be receiving a personal invitation. Needless to say, this is a not-to-be missed event. Jamie Ford is a compelling speaker, a fabulous writer, and an all-around nice guy. You definitely want to meet him.                                                                                                                        

If you’re not sure you’re on my mailing list and you want to reserve a table for your group, please email me at mtoyengstrom(at)hotmail(dot)com and I’ll get you taken care of…

 Woodland, California March 12, 2011Woodland Reads announces that Community Luncheon tickets are now available to hear New York Times bestselling author, Jamie Ford, talk about his critically acclaimed book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. This luncheon will be held at The Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland on April 7, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at The Gifted Penguin and Terry’s Hallmark. Tickets are available from The Gifted Penguin at 716 Main Street (530-668-8215) and Terry’s Hallmark at 375 W Main St (530-666-4431) for $25. Books are also available for $13 from these same retailers as well as The Avid Reader at 617 Second Street in Davis (530-758-4040).

Ford is appearing as part of the city-wide literary project, Woodland Reads, which will involve the local high schools, community college, libraries, and other public appearances on April 7, 2011. The community at large will come together to join Ford in discussing the award-winning story of a Chinese-American boy who falls in love with a Japanese-American girl in WWII Seattle.

Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was the winner of the Montana Book Award for 2009. In 2010 it won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and was a Washington State Book Award Finalist.

Jamie 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. An award-winning short-story writer, Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana (where he’s on a never-ending quest to find decent dim sum). Visit him at, where he can be found blogging about his next book, Whispers of a Thunder God, among other things.

In addition to the Community Luncheon with Jamie Ford at The Heidrick Ag History Center, that afternoon, Jamie will speak with local high school and college students. Woodland Reads will conclude with a Meet the Author Talk and Book Signing in the Woodland Public Library’s Leake Center, at 250 1st Street in Woodland at 7:00 pm.  This event is free to the public. Woodland Library Services Director Heather Muller says, “The Woodland Reads committee has a history of choosing interesting books that lead to public discussion and this year’s choice is no exception. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a widely acclaimed historical fiction novel with complex themes and memorable characters, is very relevant to today’s issues.”

Woodland Reads is a Woodland Community-wide Reading Event. Each year the selected book is read by local high school students, book club members and the community as a whole. Like many similar events in American cities and on college campuses, Woodland Reads is designed to foster literacy, acceptance and respect.  Beginning in 2002, the Woodland community began reading together with The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez. Subsequent selections have included Mas Masumoto’s Epitaph for a Peach, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Jennifer Traig’s Devil in the Details, Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream by Greg Sarris, Sue Bigelow and Janice Goldberg’s Rose Colored Glass, and Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.

For further information about Woodland Reads, please refer to their website at or contact Meg Stallard at 530-666-0154.

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Hope to see you there!



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