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Jamie Ford

New York Times-bestselling author and book club favorite

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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 second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a New York Times best seller, and as with its predecessor, has also been a favorite among community reading programs.

    Ford’s latest work, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, was published by Ballantine in September 2017. Inspired by true events, this is an unforgettable story of a young orphan boy from China who was raffled off as a prize at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair. With this book, Ford returns to themes of identity and belonging familiar to his readers.

    Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. 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

    From Romeo and Juliet to Titanic, noble romantic tragedies have been a part of our cultural DNA. In this talk, Jamie Ford discusses the power of love stories to cross cultural borders, and how emotional tales that tug at our heartstrings can become a storyteller’s superpower.

    Racebending: Adventures in a Bicultural World

    In an early example of cultural appropriation, Jamie Ford’s great-grandfather changed his name from Min Chung to William Ford––it’s been an adventure ever since. Jamie discusses the challenges (and comforts) of growing up bi-racial, and writing multi-cultural fiction in a world of Twitter outrage, sensitivity readers, and political correctness.

    The Social Responsibility of Historical Fiction

    Known for his ability to weave fiction and history into compelling novels, Jamie Ford discusses what draws him to lost history. He also discusses the responsibility, and challenges, of presenting uncomfortable truths to a modern world.

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  • Praise for Jamie Ford

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    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

    Heartbreaking, wondrous, triumphant.

    Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

    Irresistibly magnificent . . . How does a novel genius top himself? Jamie Ford’s newest takes an extraordinary moment in history, where vice lives alongside innocence, and transforms it into a dazzling, hold-your-breath story about the families we make and the ones we are thrust into, about who we are and who we dreamed we could be.

    Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

    All the charm and heartbreak of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet . . . Based on a true story, Love and Other Consolation Prizes will warm your soul.

    Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls

    Ford is a master at shining light into dark, forgotten corners of history and revealing the most unexpected and relatable human threads. . . . A beautiful and enthralling story of resilience and the many permutations of love.

    Jessica Shattuck, author of The Women in the Castle

    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.

    Kirkus

    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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