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Author series kicks off Thursday

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Special to the DailyJamie Ford, an award-winning short-story writer, will discuss his debut novel, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Avon Public Library.

The “Books in Bloom” author series, presented by the Eagle Valley Library District, begins Thursday with Jamie Ford.

A New York Times best-selling author, Ford will be at the Avon Public Library to discuss his debut novel, a popular book club selection, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” His novel, set in Seattle and a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, tells the story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

“It really started with the ‘I Am Chinese’ button – this thing my father mentioned wearing as a kid,” Ford said. “There was a bit of an identity crisis in the International District in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Many Chinese families feared for their safety, especially as the FBI was rounding up prominent members of the Japanese community. It piqued my curiosity and really led me to research the whole period.”

Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865. An award-winning short-story writer, Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana.

“Books in Bloom” is a spring author series at the Avon Public Library. The Bookworm of Edwards will be at each event to provide book sales and signing. Other authors in this series include:

•-May 26: Susannah Charleson, author, “Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue.”

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• June 9: Mark Gardner, historian and Colorado author of “To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West.”

Due to limited seating, reservations are required. For more information, or to make a reservation, call the Avon Public Library at 970-949-6797.