Monday, September 19, 2011

Spring Book Discussion: I-Hotel by Karen Tei-Yamashita

Dinner afterwards at the Japanese restaurant Octopus. (375 W. Birch St. Brea) at 5:30. Meet us for the book discussion and/or dinner. Either one or both!

If you're planning on going to the dinner, please RSVP by contacting Karyn Nguyen at (Ext. 27254) or Jane Ishibashi at (Ext. 27378).

Book Discussion
Date: Feb. 23rd, 2012
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: Library 2nd floor/Conference room 820-P

The Spring 2012 Book discussion will be on I-Hotel by Karen Tei-Yamashita. We will be discussing:

Chapters 1 and 2 from the section titled (1969: I Spy Hotel). The page numbers are 117-164

2010 National Book Award Finalist
2010-2011 Asian/Pacific American Library Association (APALA) Book Award Winner in Adult Fiction
2010 California Book Award Winner

"The International Hotel, or I Hotel, was an actual San Francisco landmark, the base for a wild array of pan-Asian artistic, political, and community endeavors. And now this “fortress” and “beacon” provides the impetus and structure for Yamashita's exuberant, irreverent, passionately researched, and many-voiced novel about the Yellow Power movement. Author of the indelible Tropic of Orange (1997), Yamashita nets the social and personal ferment of the years 1968 through 1977 in 10 interconnected, stylistically varied segments. As this jazzy, kaleidoscopic novel unfolds, we meet orphaned teenager Paul and his mentor Chen, a radical professor; Mo Akagi, a Yellow Panther; Gerald, an avant-garde saxophonist; Sandy Hu, an innovative choreographer; and all kinds of gutsy and inventive activists, some in wheelchairs, who comprise a broad spectrum of courageous Asian Americans asserting their rights." From Booklist by Donna Seaman

Dinner: Japanese restaurant Octopus. (375 W. Birch St. Brea) at 5:30.

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