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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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Photo Reproductions from J. Willard Marriott Library Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archive

On exhibit in LUR photo reproductions from the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archive including images of Topaz War Relocation Center. The story told by this archive begins with the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants who came here to work in the railroad, mining, and agricultural industries. Included are records, photographs, journals, oral histories, and films from their settlement. Salt Lake City’s Japantown, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and other U. S. military involvement, relocation to internment camps, and the establishment of Japanese Buddhist and Christian churches are included in the archive.

Event Location: 210 East 400 South, Lower Urban Room, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 – Tue, Sep 30, 2014

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The Friends of the Marriott Library Books and Authors Series: "Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey – Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind A World War II Fence"

The memoir by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence (University of Utah Press, 2014) details Lily’s coming of age in two Japanese American internment camps. Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey was born in Los Angeles, California. Her parents immigrated from Japan, making Lily a second generation Japanese American, or Nisei. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, allowing military authorities to remove anyone from anywhere without trial or hearing, the Japanese—even those born in America and therefore citizens—were swiftly interned, labeled as enemies. Lily and her family were forcibly moved to internment camps, first to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, and then to a permanent camp, the Amache Relocation Center, located in Granada, Colorado. After World War II ended, the family moved to Salt Lake City in 1945 where Lily attended junior high school and high school. After graduating from high school, she attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. Lily also earned graduate degrees in Fine Arts and Far Eastern Studies at the University of Utah. For 13 years she taught English, Humanities, and Creative Writing at Skyline High School and Cottonwood High School and was the sponsor of the literary magazine at both schools. After retiring from teaching, Lily pursued a career in stained glass and later, watercolors. Although retired from her career in stained glass, she still accepts occasional commissions for stained glass panels. Lily is also engaged in speaking about her wartime experiences and presents slide shows of her watercolors depicting scenes of life in the internment camps. Ms. Havey resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and has two sons and one granddaughter. Book signing and light refreshments following the lecture Books provided by Weller BookWorks /Catering by Mom’s Café

Event Location: 295 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT , Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Date: Sun, Sep 7, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archive Celebration

Celebrating the Mitsugi M. Kasai (Chief Warrant Officer, CWO 4) Memorial Japanese American Archive – named in honor of Mr. Kasai for his dedication to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans and for a generous bequest he made through his estate.

Event Location: 295 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT , Gould Auditorium, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Date: Wed, Sep 10, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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GoodReads Bookgroup

Join us for an online discussion of Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor was Divine"

Event Location: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/120558-salt-lake-city-public-library, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 – Sat, Nov 1, 2014

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Newman Center Book Group

Join friends at the Newman Center to discuss Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor was Divine"

Event Location: 170 University St, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Date: Thu, Sep 25, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Book Group at Sweet Branch Library

Join us at the Sweet Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library for a discussion of Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor was Divine"

Event Location: 455 F Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Date: Sat, Oct 4, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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Japanese Culture Day

Join us for an all-ages event and learn more about Japanese culture! We'll have origami crafts for everyone, performers, and an anime film!

Event Location: Main Library Auditorium, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Sun, Oct 5, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Rose Park Quilters Book Group

Join the Rose Park Quilters as they discuss Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor was Divine"

Event Location: 1575 W 1000 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

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Julie Otsuka, author of "When the Emperor was Divine"

Join author Julie Otsuka as she discusses her novel, "When the Emperor was Divine." julie otsuka photo by Robert Bessoir About JULIE OTSUKA Julie Otsuka was born and raised in California. After studying art as an undergraduate at Yale University she pursued a career as a painter for several years before turning to fiction writing at age 30. She received her MFA from Columbia. She is a recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award, France’s Prix Femina Étranger, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Event Location: 210 East 400 South, Main Library Auditorium, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Introduction to Traditional Japanese Art Forms

Learn how to begin calligraphy, flower arranging, and paper-folding from experts from the local community.

Event Location: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Thu, Nov 6, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Intro to Japanese Tea Ceremony

Tea holds a unique place in Japanese culture. Join us as we introduce you to the Japanese way of tea and demonstrate making tea the Japanese way. A free gift of tea will be given to all who attend.

Event Location: Sprague Branch, 2131 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Date: Sat, Nov 8, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

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Panel Discussion: Japanese Internment

Following Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which set into motion the evacuation and mass incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident aliens. These Japanese Americans were incarcerated for up to 4 years, without due process of law or any factual basis, in bleak, remote camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Join us for a discussion with members of our community whose lives were profoundly affected by the Japanese internment, whether by living in a camp, or having family members interned.

Event Location: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Teen Book Discussion

Discussion of "When the Emperor was Divine" geared toward teen readers.

Event Location: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Sunday Anderson Senior Center Book Group

Residents of the Senior Center at Sunday Anderson will gather together to discuss the book.

Event Location: 868 W 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

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Sprague Branch book club

Join us at the Sprague Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library for a discussion of Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor was Divine"

Event Location: 2131 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Date: Sat, Nov 22, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

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Topaz Internment Camp site visit

Register for a bus trip to learn more about the experience of Japanese internment by visiting the site of Utah's internment camp as well as the Topaz museum. The trip down and back will also be an opportunity to discuss the book, before the context of visiting the site, and then once informed by the site visit.

Event Location: Delta, Utah, Leave from SLC Public Library 210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2804

Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

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