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Book Club Features "When the Emporer was Divine"


JAN. 28, 2005--The book, "When the Emperor was Divine," by Julie Otsuka, will be discussed as part of the Lion's Paw Book Club on Feb. 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Chalmer Davee Library Breezeway at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Otsuka's debut novel paints the portrait of Japanese internment camps during World War II by telling each chapter from a different point of view. It tells of a mother receiving the order to evacuate, a daughter on a long train ride to the camp, a son in a desert encampment, the family's return to their home and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity.

UW-RF Library Director Valerie Malzacher will lead the discussion about this haunting story of the mistreatment of a generation of Japanese Americans.

The book club encourages community members, faculty, staff and students to participate in its gatherings during the academic year 2004-05. It meets on the second Wednesday from February through May. The public is welcome to attend and need not have read the books to sit in on the sessions.

The next discussion is March 9 and will feature "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire. Gail Armbrust and Julia Persico of the Department of Outreach and Graduate Studies will lead the group. Featured books are available in the University Bookstore in the Hagestad Student Center, and several copies of each book are also available in the Library's collection. For more information call 715 /425-3222.

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