Best-Selling Author Jamie Ford to Visit Greensboro

Meet the author of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet."


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Jamie Ford, the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," will be visiting Greensboro in celebration of the opening of the "I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story" traveling exhibition. 

The author event, hosted by Greensboro Public Library, is planned for Saturday at the Greensboro Historical Museum, where the exhibition will be opening on the same day.

Jamie FordFord is best known for the book club favorite, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," a story about the love and friendship between Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl, set in Seattle during World War II. The novel highlights the racial tensions of the time and won numerous awards, including the Asian-Pacific American Award for Literature. His second novel, "Songs of Willow Frost," is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and is the tale of a Chinese American boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past — both seeking love, hope and forgiveness.

The son of a Chinese American father, Ford grew up in Seattle. The Western name Ford comes from his great grandfather, Min Chung, who immigrated to Nevada in 1865 and changed his name to William Ford. The author currently lives in Montana with his wife and children.

The "I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story" traveling exhibition opening at Greensboro Historical Museum and running through February 26, 2017, is a celebration across a multitude of diverse cultures. It will explore how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. Stories from generations of people with ties to Greensboro will add an unforgettable local component to the exhibition. An Asian Pacific American Celebration is also planned at the museum for Sunday.  

Additional Information

For more information on Jamie Ford, visit his website at

For more information on programs and resources offered by the Greensboro Public Library, visit

For more information on programs and resources offered by Greensboro Historical Museum, visit

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