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Book-in-Common Welcome Novelist For Three Lectures

Book-in-Common Welcome Novelist For Three Lectures

Book-In-Common Author Julie Otsuka
October 11, 2010 – Collin College’s Book-in-Common is Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor was Divine.

Book-in-Common is a district wide initiative designed to encourage students to read. This interdisciplinary approach allows for professors across many disciplines to incorporate one book into their curriculum for more focused exploration. The program’s highlight is a visit from the author.

Otsuka will speak at:

  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, Spring Creek Campus’ Living Legends Conference Center
  • 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, Central Park Campus Conference Center
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, Preston Ridge Campus Event Center.

All Book-in-Common events are free and open to the public.

When the Emperor was Divine is a work of fiction following the trials of a Japanese family during World War II. Mirroring the experiences of some of Otsuka’s family, the story begins just as the family is forced out of their homes and onto a train, which takes them to an internment camp in Nevada.

Having lived through this experience, Otsuka’s characters are then forced to deal with the alienation of going back to their homes and re-acclimating into “ordinary,” post-war life.

The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano; the Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney; and the Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

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