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Time: September 30, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: City Opera House
Street: 106 E. Front St.
City/Town: Traverse City
Website or Map: http://www.nationalwritersser…
Event Type: literary
Organized By: Traverse City National Writers Series (NWS)
Latest Activity: Sep 25
An Evening with Jamie Ford and guest host Rich Fahle.
Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, not only garnered a lengthy list of literary accolades but it has been translated into 32 languages and hit the New York Times bestseller list. Ford jokes that he’s still holding out for Klingon because that’s when you know you’ve made it.
Like Hotel, Ford’s much-anticipated second novel, Songs of Willow Frost deftly weaves cultural history, love and family into a powerful tapestry. Songs of Willow Frost is the tale of two souls –a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past.
Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage since his mother's death five years earlier. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.
Amazingly talented. Masterful. A gifted writer. That’s what readers and critics alike have to say about Ford —a natural storyteller who eloquently captures the love between mother and child: their hopes, sacrifices and need for forgiveness. Songs for Willow Frost is both tender and devastating, a tale of longing for love and final redemption.
Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp. He is also working on a Young Adult series that even his agent doesn’t know about—yet. Ford says that he is also the proud father of more teenagers than he can keep track of.
Rich Fahle is the Founder and CEO of Astral Road Author Media and Bibliostar.TV– entertainment for readers, including interviews, discussions, live events and other special features about books, authors and the reading life. Fahle draws on his extensive background as a marketing agent for authors, publishers and book retailers in the emerging digital marketplace.
Reserved Seating: $30 (ticket only) $47 (ticket plus book)
General Admission: $25 (ticket only) $42 (ticket plus book)
All prices +$5 at the door.
Educator discount: $5 off ticket price with ID.
Student discount: $10 off ticket price with ID.
Tickets available online at www.cityoperahouse.org.