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Biggest reading event in Pierce County kicks off

Be a part of the largest free reading event in Pierce County: Pierce County READS, when thousands of people come together as a community and read copies of the same book at the same time. Pierce County Library System and The News Tribune present Pierce County READS, sponsored by KeyBank and Pierce County Library Foundation. This year marks the fifth annual Pierce County READS program, which will run now through April 13.

Join with friends and neighbors and read New York Times Best Seller and award-winning “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by nationally known, prize-winning author Jamie Ford. “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” tells a gripping account of the Japanese American internment during World War II, through the eyes and voice of a child as he matures through life. The book has broad appeal and many themes for discussion. Pierce County Library offers the best seller in hardback, paperback, large print, audiobook, and downloadable audiobook and e-book.

During the Pierce County READS program people may participate in more than 30 free events. Featured presenters include:

· Award-winning author who wrote about internment in a war relocation camp, “Bridge of Scarlet Leaves”—Kristina McMorris. University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, Room 020, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m.

· Law professor who served on the legal team in the U.S. Supreme Court that, in 1983, successfully reopened the case of Fred Korematsu, who was convicted of violating orders removing Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II—Lorraine K. Bannai. Lakewood Library, Monday, March 5, 7 p.m.

· An individual born in and who lived his early years in an Idaho internment camp—Larry Matsuda. University Place Library, Saturday, March 10, 2:30 p.m.

· True life internment stories from representatives of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience—Puyallup Public Library, Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m.

· Historian and other experts relate the fascinating stories of Japanese Americans’ contributions to the region—Michael Sullivan, King’s Books, Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.

People may meet the award-winning author Jamie Ford at a free event and book signing at Clover Park Technical College, Sharon McGavick Conference Center, in Lakewood, on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m.

Dozens of community partners participate in Pierce County READS: Associated Ministries, Barnes & Noble, Clover Park Technical College, Emergency Food Network, Garfield Book Company, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Joint Base Lewis McChord Libraries, King’s Books, Lakewood Arts Commission, Lakewood Historical Society and History Museum, Mostly Books, Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup Public Library, Roy Public Library, Sumner Arts Commission, Tacoma Art Museum, and University of Puget Sound.

Pierce County READS @ www.piercecountylibrary.org search site: READS