NYTimes Bestselling Author Speaks in Bloomington

 Author Jamie Ford's 2009 novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was the featured title of this year's Bloomington Reads programming series at the Bloomington Public Library. (Image credit: Bloomington Public Library, Facebook)

Author Jamie Ford's 2009 novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was the featured title of this year's Bloomington Reads programming series at the Bloomington Public Library. (Image credit: Bloomington Public Library, Facebook)

Bloomington-Normal experienced a rare treat Thursday night as New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford gave a presentation on his book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The event was the featured program of Bloomington Public Library’s 2018 Bloomington Reads programming series. 

Around 250 people gathered at Bloomington High School to hear Ford talk about his 2009 debut novel, a heart-warming tale of young love between a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl. Set in Seattle during WWII, the book delivers a beautiful blend of historical education throughout a poignant love story.

Following it’s release, Ford’s novel received positive reviews and is now required reading for public school students in the state of Washington. His book was also awarded “Best Adult Fiction” at the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature and became the #1 Book Club Pick for the Fall 2009/Winter 2010 the American Booksellers Association.

A self-taught writer with a fine arts degree from the Art institute of Seattle, Ford has also written a second novel, Love and other Consolation Prizes, and held a book signing after the presentation. He also writes short stories and is discussing the possibility of turning Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet into a movie. 

Attendees described Ford’s presentation as informative, engaging and humorous. He described his own family history and how this influenced the ideas behind the plot and characters. His casual, authentic presentation provided a comfortable learning environment for the audience and he left plenty of time to answer audience questions.

More information on the Bloomington Reads programming series can be found on the Bloomington Public Library website.