National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

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When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

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When the Emperor Was Divine
Julie Otsuka

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Events

The Big Read Kick-Off with Visiting Author, Historian and Activist Dr. Peniel Joseph

Join us for a conversation with celebrated civil rights chronicler, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, as we delve into the moral and ethical issues of our day. Dr. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights who appears on C-SPAN’s Book TV, NPR, and PBS’s NewsHour. During the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Convention, Professor Joseph provided historical commentary for the PBS NewsHour. His most recent book is Stokely: A Life. Dr. Joseph will also be visiting 2 Miami Dade College campuses to speak with students. Copies of When the Emperor Was Divine will be given to attending guests and classroom students.

Event Location: The Lyric Theatre, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136

Date: Thu, Feb 5, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

Connections: Library Service for the Homebound book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Connections: Library Service for the Homebound, mobile unit, Miami, FL 33135

Date: Tue, Feb 10, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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Knit for Me, Haiku for You with Mixed Media Artist Carlos Alejandro

Write haikus or very short poems or sentences about “hope” on strips of fabric. Keep a strip for yourself and weave the other one into to the community chain knit by Alejandro to form a chain of collective well-wishing. Participants will learn simple knitting techniques. Free copies of The Big Read 2015 official title, When the Emperor Was Divine will be given to participants. Knit for Me, Haiku for You is inspired by 90 Miles: A Project by Carlos Alejandro

Event Location: MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower , 600 Biscayne Blvd.,, Miami, FL 33132

Date: Sat, Feb 14, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Road Trip to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Hop on the bus with fellow Big Readers for a trip to Delray Beach and a day of learning about Japanese culture and the history of the 100-year-old connection between Japan and South Florida, including an event related to the subject of this year’s Big Read title, When The Emperor Was Divine. In May of 1942, during World War II, farmland in the Yamato area still owned by Japanese settlers was confiscated by the U. S. government for a military installation. Take a guided tour and experience the splendor of the Morikami’s six distinct gardens and the museum that complements them. The gardens, named Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, were designed to be a living exhibit with abundant viewpoints that give you a chance to stop and enjoy your surroundings. The museum’s galleries play host to several exhibitions of Japanese art and artifacts throughout the year featuring different aspects of Japan’s rich and diverse culture. To learn more about the museum, visit morikami.org. The Center will rent a motorcoach to provide FREE transportation, and will subsidize admission to the Morikami. All participants will receive a free copy of When the Emperor Was Divine.

Event Location: 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446

Date: Sat, Feb 21, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

Naranja branch library book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Naranja Branch Library, 14850 Southwest 280th Street , Homestead, FL 33032

Date: Sat, Feb 21, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

Kendall branch library book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Kendall Branch Library, 9101 SW 97 AVE, Coral Gables, FL 33176

Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Keynote- Author David Mura on Japanese American Internment During WWII

David Mura is a writer, memoirist, poet and performance artist who brings a unique perspective to our multi-racial and multi-cultural society. A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. Mura's second book of poetry The Colors of Desire, won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library. Mura's memoirs, poems essays, plays and performances have won wide critical praise and numerous awards. Their topics range from contemporary Japan to the legacy of the internment camps and the history of Japanese Americans, to critical explorations of an increasingly diverse America. Free copies of When the Emperor Was Divine will be distributed to attending guests at the keynote session.

Event Location: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

The Great Discussions reading group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral gables, FL 33139

Date: Sat, Feb 28, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

South Shore branch library book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: South Shore Branch Library, 131 Alton Road, Miami Beach , FL 33141

Date: Sat, Feb 28, 2015
Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

Doral branch library book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Doral Library Branch, 10785 Northwest 58th Street, Doral, FL 33178

Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

Miami Beach regional branch library book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Miami Beach regional Library, 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Date: Thu, Mar 5, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

Pinecrest branch library book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Pinecrest Library Branch, 5835 SW 111 St., Miami, FL 33156

Date: Thu, Mar 5, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

Palmetto Bay branch library book discussion group will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Palmetto Bay Library Branch, 17641 Old Cutler Road , Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

Date: Thu, Mar 5, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Book Discussion: When the Emperor Was Divine

The Wynwood Book Club will talk about the themes found in When the Emperor Was Divine and how its themes might relate to the state of our current society. Free copies of the book are given to each discussion group participant.

Event Location: Sprout, 2545 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33127

Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2015
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

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