Jamie Ford to read at April 26 Dances with Words

UMW News Bureau

The final University of Montana Western Dances with Words reading of the 2011-2012 academic year will feature Great Falls, Mont. author Jamie Ford on April 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Ford’s appearance is made possible through a Humanities Montana Opportunity Grant secured by the Montana Western English Department.

Ford’s acclaimed first novel is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," a story centering around the conflict between Chinese and Japanese Americans during WWII. In the novel, Ford’s young Chinese protagonist hopes to prevent his Japanese friend from being sent to a Japanese American internment camp.

Ford’s ancestry includes a great grandfather whose given name was Min Chung when he immigrated to America from China. He later adopted the name William Ford, supposedly from the famous outdoorsman.

"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" spent nine weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. It was a Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association and earned Ford the 2009 Montana Book Award.

Ford's reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Swysgood Technology Center (STC) Great Room on the Montana Western campus.