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Jamie Ford

New York Times bestselling author and book club favorite

Jamie Ford at Thousand Oaks Reads: One City, One Book 2011
  • About Jamie Ford

    Jamie Ford is the award-winning author of the bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was awarded the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature and was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. Ford’s latest novel, Songs of Willow Frost, set in Depression-era Seattle, is a story about love, hope, and the power of forgiveness between a mother and her son. His next book, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, will be published in September 2017.

    Jamie Ford speaks at colleges, libraries, and book festivals across the country.

    Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp, where he polished the short story that grew into Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

  • Speaking Topics

    The History of a Love Story: The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Racebending: Adventures in a Bicultural World

    Dusting Off the Past: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction

    Literary Fiction vs. Storytelling

    Survival Skills for Aspiring Writers

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  • Praise for Jamie Ford


    Jamie is an incredible person and a great addition to any program. Our teachers appreciated his warmth, humor and  ability as a speaker. Over 200 teachers purchased the lunch ticket to hear him speak.  He was certainly the favorite speaker of the five who spoke last weekend.

    California Association of Teachers of English

    Praise for Love and Other Consolation Prizes

    A gripping story about the unpredictability of life—particularly the life of an immigrant; the poignancy of surviving; and above all, the incredible power of love to heal even the most shameful wounds. Jamie Ford has created a fascinating world, bookended by Seattle’s two World Fairs, and peopled it with colorful, brave characters we care deeply about in this masterful job of storytelling.

    Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

    Praise for Songs of Willow Frost

    One of those rare books that move right into your heart and stay there. Ford's new - and long-awaited - book is a delight to read, and is destined to become a book-club favorite.

    Anne Fortier, author of Juliet

    Heartbreaking . . . Ford writes of American life in the 1920s and ’30s, bustling with go-getters and burdened with trampled masses.


    Jamie Ford is a first-rate novelist whose first book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a joy to read. He tells a brilliant story with a prose that is both concise and lovely. With his new book he takes a great leap forward and has the uncanny ability to move me to tears.

    Pat Conroy, author of South of Broad and The Death of Santini

    I could not turn away from the haunting story or the stunning historical details that bring Depression-era Seattle to cinematic life. Jamie Ford has a laser eye for the small details that define cultures. But it is his boundless compassion for the human spirit, in all its strengths and weaknesses, that makes him one of our most unique and compelling storytellers.

    Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

    Jamie Ford has done it again, creating characters so full of passion and courage that we cannot help but follow them into the pages of history. Ford is a natural storyteller who eloquently captures the love between mother and child: their hopes, sacrifices, and need for forgiveness. Songs of Willow Frost is both tender and devastating, a tale of longing for love, and final redemption.

    Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation
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